Legacy of prints on satin

Desley Hiller, Graeme and Jennie Abbott, and Eleanor and Jane Yeates. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d426146
Desley Hiller, Graeme and Jennie Abbott, and Eleanor and Jane Yeates. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d426146

Jennie Abbott, whose husband is a resident at the Marangaroo Italian Aged Care Centre, volunteered her time and materials to make a piece of art that would involve residents and staff.

‘I put paint on their hands and pressed them onto white satin,’ she said.

‘Then I attached them to some quilting materials, stitched it onto fabric and put all the hands on to make them look like butterflies.’

Resident’s names were embroidered onto black felt to make butterfly bodies.

Mrs Abbott said many of the high-care patients watched her work.

‘One particular lady, who has since passed away, sat there saying ‘this is so beautiful, this is beautiful, this is so beautiful’, which was a change from her always saying ‘help me, help me, let me go home’,’ she said.

Mrs Abbott plans to gather male residents’ ties to make a wall hanging.