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当地艺术家Debbie Van Leeuwen为肯塔基州儿童医院的墙带来色彩和创造力


Debbie Van Leeuwen在她的家庭工作室创造了丰富多彩的横幅和壁画。按照社会距离指南拍的照片。(照片由英国Mark Cornelison)

由Hilary Brown
肯塔基大学

试着想象海绵宝宝,Doc McStuffins和蜘蛛侠碰撞的世界。所有三个字符都在一个自然的场景中举起,没有什么,没有人似乎不合适或不协调。

这是当地艺术家Debbie Van Leeuwen定期面临的挑战的类型,以及她的项目的目标,“操作感觉更好。”

For the past five years, Van Leeuwen has painted over 70 banners and murals for the patients of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. From seasonal décor for the hospital corridors to personalized banners for patient rooms, Van Leeuwen creates colorful custom scenes for an audience she will never meet.

许多van Leeuwen的壁画都有一个“我间谍”元素,使他们成为KCH的有趣互动。按照社会疏远准则拍的照片。(照片由英国Mark Cornelison)

“我为所有这些孩子涂抹,我永远不会看到,而且永远不知道,我从未见过面,”梵者说。“我不知道他们来自哪里,他们有什么,或者他们在医院里有多长,但是我知道,例如,他们有一只名叫萨迪的狗,他们喜欢蜘蛛侠。”

van Leeuwen自愿绘制她的绘画技巧,因为她的孩子们在学校,绘制了活动和筹款人的背景。但是当她的孩子毕业高中时,她环顾四大出口。她与KCH的儿童生命计划的工作人员联系,并开始为医院欢迎中心绘画横幅,并为正在经历长期住院的患者的患者注册了定制的作品。当Van Leeuwen接受儿童生活的呼吁时,她将他们汇集了患者的四个或五个最喜欢的东西的列表,例如人物,颜色,爱好和宠物。

然后是坚硬的部分。

“当我获取信息时,它可能需要一半的时间来思考设计,”Van Leeuwen说。“因为我可能会有猫头鹰,Peppa猪和乐高。试图将所有这些东西放入一个壁画对我来说真的很有趣,但它需要花费最多的时间。“总的来说,她可以在两到三天内完成横幅。

van leeuwen回忆起她最喜欢的一个,尽管她为老年患者创造的最具挑战性的作品。

这个目前挂在肯塔基州儿童医院的住院部门的壁画,这只是几十厢里鲁文创造的。

“有一次我有一个对摔跤感兴趣的人,”她说。“他喜欢摔跤。但他也没有他的豆豆宝贝的任何地方。因此,试图将豆豆宝宝放在摔跤比赛中的场景中,这真的是以乐趣的方式激发挑衅和挑战。一切刚刚单击。这是我最喜欢的之一。“

Not only is the custom banner decorative for their room, Van Leeuwen says, it can be a conversation starter for the staff visiting a patient’s room. A young patient who is scared or nervous in new surroundings with strange faces will be excited to point out and talk about their favorite things. Van Leeuwen has also painted for patients’ siblings and made banners for in-hospital birthdays, holidays and other celebrations.

“The murals that Debbie has painted brighten the room, the hallway and the walls of KCH to help create a pediatric friendly environment,” said Ashley Rapske of the Child Life staff. “We love seeing Debbie’s creativity once she has the list of what the child loves turned into a beautiful painting. She has even added a fun “I Spy” element to many of the murals that she has designed. The murals bring something colorful to focus on and spread joy for our patients and families.”

Van Leeuwen learns as much as she can about patients so she can create custom paintings to decorate their hospital rooms.

壁画和横幅设计用于医院的生活。它们涂上抗火和抗撕裂的Tyvek,密封,以防止涂料剥落或剥落。在他们的住宿结束时,患者可以滚动它们并将它们带回家。van Leeuwen甚至适应了冠状病毒大流行的工作;更新的碎片涂在帆布上并涂有环氧树脂,因此它们可以擦拭。

她的服务是志愿的,并涵盖用品的费用,她通过她的商业小孩销售手绘装饰品和瓷砖。ope体育正规大网此外,她销售的100%收益旨在为KCH购买涂料和材料。

“I started Kid Critters as a way to be creative outside the emotion of painting for patients,” she said. “Over the past five years, painting for patients can be raw. So this is a chance for me to have an emotional outlet and do lighter things while still supporting KCH.”

尽管Van Leeuwen没有亲自交付横幅,但她仍然受到患者的反应。一名患者把他的上面放在地板上驾驶着他的玩具卡车。另一个年轻的女孩坚持用她把它放在床上。但是van Leeuwen最有价值的部分是她对每位患者感到的近似。

“I feel like, as I’m painting for them, that I know them, and I know they’re in need,” she said. “I don’t paint these so that the kids can have a gift to take home. I paint them because the gift is having them in the hospital. And if they want them, then that’s even more special to me.”

Hilary Brown现在为英国写作


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