In Dunmanway Community Hospital, visual artist Sharon Dipity invited residents to create their own personalised apron to use in the activities sessions. Inspired long before PPE became a commonly used acronym, the idea was born out of a drive to reduce the use of single use plastics, such as the disposable aprons that are often used in arts and other activity sessions.
As with all of the artists on the programme, Sharon is now working remotely liaising with an on-site staff member Catherine Santry, Activity Director at Dunmanway Community Hospital. Catherine was the essential link facilitating the actual hands-on activity and communicating the artists’ ideas with the participants.
Using really good quality ready-made aprons as the base to ensure the all-important wash-ability at 60 degrees, participants customised their apron with an offering of selected haberdashery and fabric markers. Encouraged to draw and collage to really make the apron their own, reflecting and celebrating each person’s story and personality.