One morning last week, inspired by friends past, present and future our seven artists gathered around our circle created “friendship patterns” from painted watercolor paper cut into strips and woven together.
Beginning with sharing of our names and a creative process we each enjoy doing to help welcome two new artists, Ellen and Alberta, to our circle we then sang the song, “When You’re Smilin’” in such a jazzy way that even Louis Armstrong would have been impressed with us.
Then we remembered and shared stories of best friends forever—whether it was a college or high school friend, cousins or sisters and brothers or the friends around our Senior Friendship table who made us feel like we could “simply be ourselves". We all shared a little about how others have made our lives richer and fuller and how we have done the same for them.
We then invited each of our artists to use watercolor paints on paper strips and to chose the colors, shapes and/or images that reflected friendship to each of them. They then wove those strips of paper into “friendship patterns” reflecting not only the qualities of friends in their lives, but, the qualities they too have brought to their friendships.
Attached, you’ll see a few “friendship patterns”—from Gloria, Patricia and Ellen—created last Tuesday morning at the Senior Friendship Center.
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.