One of the things I love most about being a Powertex Tutor are the wonderful stories that unfold as people get totally absorbed in creating something beautiful and meaningful.
I have been priviliged to hear many really moving accounts of why people are making their sculptures, and who they are making them for, or, as is often the case, who they are making them in memory of.
Obviously these are very personal stories, and I think the very fact that people feel comfortable to open up and talk, either within a group, or on a one to one basis speaks volumes about the therapeutic nature of creating with Powertex.
I have been given permission by one lady to share her story here.
S’s dad had passed away recently. He was a keen gardener, and she contacted me to ask if I would be able to do a Powertex Workshop using an old boot, which she could use to keep his ashes in.
Of course I said yes. It would be an absolute honour.
I love doing boot workshops anyway, but knew that this one was going to be something rather special.
We wanted to be sure that there was a suitable place within the boot for S’s father’s ashes, and we did this by covering a small plastic seedling pot with masking tape, before lodging it into the opening of the boot, and then putting a covering of powertex soaked material over this. Ensuring that there was a good sized place for the ashes to sit in, but also ensuring it would be weatherproof as S thought she might want the boot to sit outside in the garden. One of her father’s favourite places.
Once we had done this, under my guidance, S covered the whole boot with powertex soaked fabric, scrunching it up to give lots of interesting texture and character. S added a few appropriate bits and pieces from my ever ready stash of goodies I collect from charity shops etc, such as little material roses, and a heart taken from a piece of jewellery.
Then she added the piece, that I think makes the boot really stunning. A small ornamental bird that she had brought along, to symbolise her father’s love of birds.
We left the boot overnight to dry completely, before dry brushing, which really makes it pop as a work of art.
Although I had been keen to help S make her memorial boot, if I’m honest a part of me was also really nervous, about whether it would be a sad experience for her. As it turned out the opposite was true. It was a joyous workshop, with lots of laughter and memories recounted about a man who was obviously someone who lived life to the full. And I although I didn’t know him, I do think I got a feel for the man’s character from S’s fond and happy recollections over the weekend.
I think, I hope, that his boot is a fitting memorial of a man with a real joie de vivre.
S tells me it caputres him perfectly, and that she smiles every time she looks at her boot. Which in turn makes me smile as well.
If you would like to contact a tutor to help with making your own memorial for someone special get in touch with the guys at Powertex UK, or head over to our facebook pages powertex addicts united and the powertex studio