News & Features Posted by Madeline Hoskin
Do you treasure the creative artworks your child churns out, but struggle to find a way to store them and display the ever-growing pile? There's only space for so many abstract scrawls of colour on the fridge, after all! Well one clever mum has come up with a genius solution - and no, it doesn't involve secretively tossing their creations in the bin. "Wouldn't it be great to have it all on one canvas?" With four kids of her own, Tracey Hickmott knows what it's like to quickly grow a large stockpile of children's artworks. "I didn’t know what to do with my own artwork that had accumulated in multiple boxes, which we put away in the shed," she told Kinderling. "I thought, wouldn’t it be great to have it all on one canvas? So that’s exactly what I did." A stroke of genius The simple genius of her idea soon caught the attention of other parents, and now she's begun doing a similar thing for other parents and she's absolutely loving it. "When a child creates, they express themselves through their art. They paint or draw their life stories. Their heart and soul is all there," says Tracey. "For me, it’s all about how amazing every little artist feels once I put work their work together. Their smiles of pride are priceless." Could you just imagine how famously talented your child would feel seeing their artworks given such special treatment? No easy feat This task of 'art-ifying' a child's paintings is one that Tracey takes great care with, and she likes to get to know each child a little bit before getting started. Where possible, she makes an effort to speak with them, either in person or over the phone. "I like to ask them what they think of their work and chat about the visual stories they've made. I then take some time to sit, feel and look through their artwork. This gives me an understanding of each child and the stories they are telling through their art. "Once I feel like I understand them, it's easier to create a mini-masterpiece from their work." Through her own artistic practice, she's developed a skill for using colour, depth and layering to piece together the cutout pieces of art, bringing them all together into one cohesive artwork.
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