2014 – Creative Workshops at Refugee Center – Langeland, Denmark

Asylum life in Langeland, Denmark

I am very honored to say that i have made some wonderful friends while volunteering at the Asylcenter in Langeland, in a small town called Humble, Denmark, participating in creating events in order to ease their existence through the rough time.

On every Monday i was holding creative workshops, teaching them various hand made techniques, creating different “pieces of art”, jewelry, paintings, household items etc.

During these workshops i have used different handmade techniques such as: paper quilling, crafting with clay (Fimo, Cernit), origami, painting textures (paper, canvas, glass, plastic, wood etc), sewing, crafting jewelry (beads and wire).

As a form of Art Therapy, these workshops are designed to get women and children to use a part of their time to be creative, to relax and help them free themselves from the problems that are facing. For many of them, it’s a great deal, just to be surrounded by other women just like them, just to have a cup of tea and and look at one’s painting, or listen to each other advises. Others are very enthusiastic about learning artistic techniques and create their own beautiful products and take them to their children.

It’s overwhelming for me to see the way they are able to find joy and happiness in 3-4 hours of workshop, taking in consideration their experiences, condition and suffering. These women are able to smile, laugh and work together, learn  how to work with clay, how to fold colored paper and decorate boxes, they are open to anything that it’s new and beautiful, and they are eager to learn more.

I am happy when i see the difference that these activities has on them. Some don’t know Danish. Some don’t even know English. But when we are talking about creativity, about art, there are no barriers. I am using printed tutorials, images, videos and mimics in order to help everybody understand what are we working with and what the final result should be. When someone sees that you have patience, soon they will get rid of their insecurities and work along with you.

If one is shy today, and next week will come an hug you at the end, thanking you for spending your time teaching them something, I can honestly say from experience, that it’s the best outcome that needs to be treasured.

I am blessed to have this experience, I am happy to work with people and help them, and i strongly believe that It’s very important to make everyone feel countable and needed, and i am doing my best to fulfill this belief.

Live beautiful everyday! 

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