Colors. Sub Consciousness. Reminiscence.

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Its got quite hard for me, to put my concentration 100 percent on Happy Help. But as any other artist my natural interest cooks my sub consciousness, Im sure! To continue blogging about Sensory impact on people and Empathic Design – while I am involved in new and existing projects – I have decided to dedicate this post on Happy Help to what came to my mind today in my every day routine.

The above images is what cought my eye – running them through Facebook, as I sat down in front of my computer searching for any relevant news. The first image is one of my friends table, where she puts up the candy for her sons birthday candy bags. Why is that an interesting image? Well it goes back to an element of reminiscence. A field I find very important for a lot of people. A thing we all can remember as a tradition for child birthdays. Besides that I like the colors… And that might affect our beliefs of health as well. To publish such an image tells others, how to emotionally evoke a persons happiness. With sweets, treats and candy!

The next image is the Copenhagen morning sky. It is one of the first winter days of frost and icecold January morning sun. Beautiful colors – an issue we are most fund of talking about as humans. Another subject for reminiscence talks.

The last image, is my friend Mia Piony, who just received a Happy Touch activity tool from me, as she broke her arm and hand wrist in December. She now works out with my product, and tells me she is very glad for the softness and texture, the tool is designed with! Mia is a jewelry artist and designer. The image makes me think of interesting inspiration in sensation which I think is a obvious theme for a piece of jewelry.

So why is this relevant? The other day I randomly ran into an Occupational Therapist and we had a talk regarding the work she is doing with her patients, mainly aged 65+ with cognitive and physical disorders, at a stroke unit at the Gentofte Hospital in Copenhagen. She told me how she address’ reminiscence exercises and how she uses it in therapy for the patients.

I think my suggestion, for self-mind-therapy is to talk to the people we meet on the streets, our family and especially our relatives 65+ to let us know what the world looked like in their younger times, without all the passing information, I at least, find at Facebook. So, stop daily routines of Facebooking – and start talking about the weather, the sensational memories we have as children and relate to the inspiration we get from our surroundings! Stop looking, start dooing….

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Chloe Meineck

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