BRONIA SAWYER

1000 Kaleidoscopes and mental health

This project has been an idea for a while

The project is a mixture of meditation therapy and relaxation.

I make kaleidoscope patterns with an app on my phone at night as a way to unwind. I use my own drawings paintings and digital art and upload them to the app (Kaleidacam) to create hundreds of images many are variants of the same image. I love the results you can achieve using this rather simple process and I enjoy the process of making them.

The Idea of 1000 Kaleidoscopes comes from thoughts about anxiety and OCD it is the repetition of 1000s of negative thoughts that keep me up at night worrying into the small hours. Using the app to focus on making kaleidoscope patterns I am able to use repetition in a creative way, almost like a therapy or meditation focusing on pattern and colour to make these abstract repeated images instead of focusing on the anxiety, and it works I feel much calmer and am able to sleep better.

 

I plan to create a collection of a thousand kaleidoscopes and show them to promote talking about mental health. As someone who has been affected by poor mental health at times I know how important it is not to stigmatise people who are struggling. I’m a believer that most people in their lives will struggle mentally at some point and we all need to try our best to empathise and support one another through time in our lives that can feel somewhat lonely.

I encourage anyone suffering to get help and talk to people about how they feel, we are not robots we are human beings with feelings and thoughts of our own that’s what makes us incredible.

Things that have helped me are Counselling, CBT therapy, talking with family or friends and self reflection through art and poetry.