Welcome ti the 2016 Art Charm Exchange and Auction organised by the talented and indefatigable Jennifer Cameron in support of 'Beads of Courage' a charity providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them.
'The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path'.
The premise of the exchange is that each participant makes 11 charms based on a given theme and sends them to Jen, who then sends each of us a collection of 10 charms. The 11th charm goes up for auction for BOC (details of auction dates and times will be available later).
The theme this year is fairy tales and I decided to create some ginger bread houses form the story of Hansel and Gretel. These are made from terracotta clay decorated with underglaze - Ileft the charms unglazed to give the soft effect of icing.
"After days of wandering, they follow a beautiful white bird to a clearing in the woods, where they discover a large cottage built of gingerbread and cakes...'
And in return for my efforts I got a whole host of loveliness made from all sorts of material and inspired by many different fairy tales....
You can find out more about the inspiration behind these charms and the others in the auction by visiting the makers blogs below. All participants will have a charm up for auction so look out for updates on the date and time for the auction here and on my facebook page.