HOW TO MAKE A FABRIC HEART
Piece of cord or ribbon
ª Cut out two squares from your fabric slightly larger than you want your heart to be. From each square cut matching hearts. You can use a stencil or draw lightly on the back side of the fabric if that helps.
Set the ribbon or cord in place so that when you sew the heart shut it will hang from the ribbon.
Place the fabric facing each other with the print side facing inwards (you will be turning it inside out). Use pins as needed to keep the hearts nicely together.
With the cording or ribbon pinned in place, start stitching around the fabric (1-2cm seam allowance) with the machine or by hand; leave a hole large enough to be able to turn the heart right-side out.
Use the not pointy end of the chopstick to gently push the edges out of your heart and make sure it’s sealed tightly.
Stuff your heart. You’ll need to massage the stuffing around to get it in just right. The cord or the ribbon should be in place and you can sew the hole closed by hand.
Your Heart is Done!
My community engaged dance practice is connected to the sound principle that each person has a creative capability to express in and through the arts some of our deepest and most profound human experiences. Much can be reflected upon and observed through the arts. Dance is an art with a mechanism built and wired for community- in particular for celebration! There are so many experiences in life and community where dancing is the best way we can celebrate. The integration of dance in our lives fosters connection. My role as a community based artist is to empower and engage individuals to remove barriers to dance. Participants discover their unique gifts and talents while all of those around that person can benefit. Family and community benefit when vibrancy and understanding comes together in a learning environment founded in a caring and creative way. Groups have the opportunity to learn from one another when the teacher acts also as facilitator and coach. Working in groups builds a scaffold of leadership and everyone learns together. A healthy community creates shared guidelines and does activities that promote connections and builds relationships.
Each person is endowed with strength and skills that can often be changing over a lifetime or through different seasons. Community dance is an opportunity to unpack creative gifts and share the joy of creativity with others. Through simple processes and empowering participants with knowledge and experience, we create something together far greater than the sum of all the parts. .
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