Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Trillium Family Services CFH Project 2014

Details of some of the tiles before installation
 I just completed a tile project at the Children's Farm Home that has been in the works since the beginning of 2014. The intention of the project was to create a tile mural to be displayed at the Farm Home showing both images that represent the history of the farm home as well as the farm home today. Farm home residents helped to design the layout of the project and even designed and hand drew many of the images. I gathered some old historical photographs of the farm home and printed them for us to use. The process of making the tiles was in a classroom setting. Residents were taught the basics of making tiles from scratch, hand carving them and using a process called "mishima" or slip inlay to add the black outline of the drawing. We decided to keep the mural black and white so that the details of the drawings would stand out and to keep the tiles more consistent. Project organizer Martha Shimeall and myself then arranged the tiles and adhered them to a board, grouted them in and the facilities team built a frame for the mural out of recycled wood from the floor boards from one of the farm home's old buildings. I painted the frame and added text around the frame that represents the seven commitments of a Trauma Informed Care Model that is being implemented through the agency right now.

Non- violence
Emotional Intelligence
Social Learning
Open Communication
Social Responsibility
Growth and Change
Finished Project complete with frame and mounted overlooking the gardens

The tile mural now hangs outside overlooking the garden behind the old school historic building in a public area used by visiting families, residents, staff and visitors. This project was funded through a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Benton County Cultural Coalition.

Diana Ryan adhering the tiles to mounting board

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