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Anyone walking through our foyer recently would have seen two colourful new additions. The “Listening Chairs” are the project of our June Artist in Residence Fiona Edmeades from Love That Chair Upholstery.

After many weeks of scouring eBay, the perfect chair frames were found. “The hardest part of the project was finding lightweight chairs with a pleasing design that were suitable for this style of upholstery,” says Fiona.

The chairs were upholstered offsite due to the dirt and dust generated by the process. The fabric used to cover them was a joint effort from the Arterie Open Studio community including patients, carers, staff and volunteers.

The fabric is decorated with sashiko stitching, a popular Japanese embroidery style where each stitch resembles a grain of rice.

These linen panels were painstakingly stitched by over 80 contributors from our Carterie and Open Studio programs, and the Arterie Pit Crew helped sew the panels together.

Patients, carers and visitors are welcome to enjoy a relaxing chat or a moment of reflection in these comfortable and inviting chairs.

Learn more about Arterie, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse’s art therapy program

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