Residents show off their silky skills at home

Ann Barningham with her scarf
Ann Barningham with her scarf
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Residents at a care home near Whitby got crafty and created silk masterpieces which have now taken pride of place in its reception area.

Usually expected to be found in the residents’ wardrobes, silk has instead become the blank canvas for creative art work at Hawkesgarth Lodge in Hawsker.

Paintings of animals, flowers and decorative patterns were among the designs that residents produced.

Silk painting involves applying dye to silk and is a popular activity among hobbyists and professionals alike, as it produces vibrant and eye-catching pieces.

The silk making class is part of art therapy at the home which uses the creative process to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people of all ages.

Hawkesgarth Lodge provides care for older people including people living with dementia and is part of European Care Group.

Activities co-ordinator Jane Hall said: “Therapeutic activities such as silk painting are a fantastic way for residents to explore their creative side.

“We have all enjoyed getting stuck in.

“In the next few weeks we are looking forward to hosting many more art projects and activities.”