The spring is sprung, the grass is ris | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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October has been an exciting month for Arterie. A big highlight has been joining The Big Draw Festival, an international month-long celebration of drawing.

The festival is aimed at encouraging drawing for people of all ages and skill levels. The theme this year is Living Lines to which we added Drawing Nurses.

Five Arterists – Margaret McKenna, Annabel Mason, Finlay Begg, Nicole Hutton and Deborah Burdett – drew about 100 members of the Lifehouse community during this one day event.

The requirements were that the person drawing had to complete the drawing in less than one minute, did the portrait using just a single unbroken line and the artist was not allowed to look down at the paper. By drawing our nurses and the wider Lifehouse community in this way we hoped to show fresh ways of seeing people and expressing their personalities.

Look out for these portraits to celebrate our hardworking nurses.

Mindful and contemplative stitching

On Wednesday 18 October, we held our annual ‘Slow Stitching’ event which, as always, was very well attended.

Slow stitching is a term for mindful and contemplative stitching. In this workshop, we explored traditional skills from a range of cultures including Japanese Sashiko and Boro and Indian Kantha style.

Guest tutors included Arterie’s Margaret McKenna, Judith Macrae from Me and Tex and Diane Edwards from the New South Wales Embroiderers’ Guild.

Participants worked on the Lifehouse 2017 Memorial quilt, the Sargasso Curtain Project (which is indeed a slow stiching project having commenced in 2015) a communal Sashiko stitching project which is to form part of the 2018 Community Wall hanging and lastly the Network textile project which is designed specifically for the Lifehouse Level 4 waiting areas.

A vibrant and colourful community

We also welcomed Arterist volunteer Finlay Begg as October’s Artist in Residence . Finlay graduated from National Art School last year and has been a volunteer at Lifehouse during 2017 overseeing our weekly student project with the year 10 students from Sydney Secondary College Leichardt Campus.

Fin took inspiration from a recent painting trip to the Northern Territory for his painting project. He invited passers-by to make their mark on his work. The final tryptich is a reflection of our vibrant and varied community.

“The spring is sprung, the grass is ris”

Spring has arrived which means it’s time to pack the winter beanies away. Out come the delightful hand crocheted pure cotton summer beanies. We hand these out to patients in need via the LivingRoom and Radiation Oncology beanie-buckets.

However, the pure cotton drawer is completely empty. Donations of 8 ply pure cotton are desperately needed to give to our lovely volunteers who spend hours knitting and crocheting these beanies.

Arterie has more exciting activities planned for November and December, including a linen dollmaking workshop with Judith McCrae (of Me and Tex fame) on 22 November, and a watercolour card making workshop with our own Margaret McKenna on 29 November.  We finish the year off with our infamous Markarterie Christmas Fundraising stall – December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14.  Look for the green marquee in the foyer for home-made crafts for the holiday season.

Meanwhile, keep an eye out for the Arterists in the orange aprons and be sure to stop and ask us what we’re up to.

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