The Napkin Project developed by arts in health consultants Willis Newson and artist Deidre Nelson, invited volunteers to embroider napkins around the theme of home, which were then gifted to a care home to be used to encourage and enable reminiscence with elderly residents.
The project built on the observation that many of the elderly residents at a dementia care home run by Brunelcare loved touching and playing with fabric edges, especially napkins. In four months the project generated a wonderful collection of 120 embroidered napkins which are used to spark conversation and as part of reminiscence work.
The 5 minute film tells the story of the project in the words of those who took part. If you are unable to see the film above, click here
The first phase of the project has now come to an end, but the story continues.
To find out how to get involved in the next stage email firstname.lastname@example.org
This month The Napkin Project was featured in the NRC (Nursing and Residential Care Journal) it was a lovely piece written by Jane Willis Director at Willis Newson the arts consultants responsible for developing and managing the project alongside artist Deirdre Nelson. Unfortunately the piece is currently only available in a hard copy format, however you can read more about the project by visiting the Willis Newson website.
Today we opened our copy of Caring News to see an article about the Napkin Project. You can read an online version by heading to their website. It’s great to see so many publications interested in featuring the project, if you would like more information about the project please contact Willis Newson, the arts consultants who have developed the project alongside artist Deirdre Nelson.
The Napkin Project
We are very excited that The Napkin Project made The Guardian’s Arts and Heritage top five photo galleries for 2013! The project was also featured as an article back in November on the Guardian Culture Professionals website . The photos were taken by Jim Wileman during the celebration event at Brunelcare when all of the napkins were gifted to the care home. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Creativity can be an inspiration for people living with dementia and we wanted to tell more people about how important that is. We wanted to get people involved so they could see how powerful craft could be. We started with an everyday object, and with the help of people all over the country, transformed plain white squares of fabric into a focal point for residents at Saffron Gardens dementia care home in Bristol.
The Napkin Project has been kindly funded by Bristol City Council, Brunelcare and The Arts Council England. The Arts Council recently featured the project as one of many that puts health and wellbeing on centre stage. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the project and if you would like to get involved in the future please let us know.
We are all very excited at The Napkin Project HQ to learn that The Guardian Culture Professionals has written an article about The Napkin Project! The article called “How creativity and craft are tackling dementia … one stitch at a time” also has a picture gallery which shows images from the celebration event when all of the napkins were gifted to Brunelcare.
Today we have uploaded images of every completed napkin we have received to date. To view the gallery click the link below
Thank you to When they get older for their piece about The Napkin Project. When they get older is a website dedicated to helping those who support elderly friends and relatives whilst balancing their careers and family lives.
On Thursday 12th September please join us for an exhibition of a selection of beautiful individually embroidered napkins at the Wellspring Centre, Beam Street
Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 9QY, between 6-8pm.
This is a great opportunity to see the finished napkins before they are given to Saffron Care home. If you missed out creating your own napkin, don’t worry as there will also be the opportunity to have a go at embroidering one the night.
If you are able to attend all we ask that you RSVP by our eventbrite page