Powertex fabric sculpting workshops which are suitable for all ages and abilities.  Without fail, after almost every workshop, someone will take the time to come up to me and tell me how therapeutic they have found it to be.  Sometimes these are people who have a diagnosed mental illness and are well aware of the benefits engaging with creativity can have for their wellbeing.  My name is Donna Mcghie, I’m a self employed artist.

Often though, it is someone who is genuinely surprised at how much they have gained from simply taking a few hours out just for themselves. More than once these people have become overcome with emotion in a positive and cathartic way.  At times like these I feel really honoured to have played a part in this release.  It is often said that people can ‘lose themselves in art.’ I disagree with this. I strongly believe the opposite is true. In my experience we ‘find ourselves in art.’  There is so much pressure on all of us nowadays to act a certain way, to think a certain way, to look a certain way.

Sadly as much as schools are trying to improve things, by becoming educated on mental health issues, and engaging with counsellors and inclusion workers, it would appear that this pressure to fit in starts at a younger and younger age.

If we don’t naturally slot into the various boxes that society, predominantly social media expects us to, we find ourselves in danger of losing who we genuinely as we try to gain access to that box. Metaphorically we end up squeezing uncomfortably into someone else’s ill fitting shoes simply to fit in. Art and creativity are safe ways of kicking off those shoes and dancing barefoot in the woods if that is your thing.

I have honestly been surprised by some of the feedback I get from my workshops:
‘I suffer from a lack of confidence. Donna’s workshops give me an amazing sense of accomplishment. I leave them feeling incredibly pleased with myself. Not only have I met some lovely people, I have tangible and lasting proof I am, in fact, quite artistic. It really does my confidence a world of good.’ Sue, Southampton.

You can contact Donna via her website and find out more about her Powertex fabric workshops.

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