TAP stands for Therapy, Activities and Products.
THERAPY is the heart of TiC with creative expressive ACTIVITIES that lead to innovative PRODUCTS.
The THERAPEUTICAL values of being expressively creative
- Critical Thinking Skills
Creative projects require thinking skills – what object to make or paint, how to design it, what materials to use, which brushes to use, the mixing and use of colours, etc.
While this may simply be seen as making or creating art, what one is actually doing is making decisions at each point, which promotes problem-solving skills and teaches creators to develop innovative techniques to approach new situations.
The mind becomes more efficient in practising these decision-making skills, and this can alleviate stress.
- Concentration and Observational Skills
The need for intense focus on the subject/object being created in turn leads to improved focus and enhanced concentration and observational skills.
Having to focus on the object being created means that a shift of focus has to take place – this enables the person to concentrate and focus fully on the artwork without outside influences that affect one’s process of creation.
The creative activity helps the mind relax and this will also expand to other areas of daily living.
- Fine Motor Skills
Working with different kinds of surfaces/materials such as material, paper, clay, etc. and using different sized brushes, scissors, crayons and variety of other art materials, improves hand-eye coordination and boosts motor-skills.
- Creative Outlet
Expressing oneself by creating something does not only have physical benefits, but also acts as a mental outlet, thereby releasing and reducing stress.
- Exercising of Hands, Wrists and Arms
Our sense of touch is extremely important, and our hands are an outlet for creativity. Working with clay or knitting can each be seen as a gentle exercise which serves to strengthen the hands, wrists and arms.
These types of exercise can be exceedingly beneficial for individuals suffering from arthritis in the hands, for promoting joint movement and dexterity, and can also serve as a natural painkiller.
- Non-Verbal Communication Skills
The act of creation leads to a process of inner communication, connectivity and dealing with one’s deepest thoughts and feelings that cannot easily be express verbally.
Being able to communicate on a non-verbal level can serve as a very healthy option to release emotions that are impossible to verbalise.
Paying attention to the now, focusing on the creative process at hand and on nothing else, is an excellent way to calm and relax the always-busy mind.
Relieving the mind of stress will also result in the relaxation of the body, which can in turn minimise various physical ailments like muscle soreness, headaches and joint pain.
Creative painting produces similar effects to those benefited from meditation.
- Endurance and Perseverance
Even the most innovative ideas do not always turn out the way one envisioned, which can lead to disappointment, but failure can be a good thing, as keeping going and trying again and again until one gets it right will shape one into a determined, solution-focused person.
This will result in also improving one’s endurance and perseverance, which are critical skills required to enable one to reach the goals one has set for oneself in life.
- Self Confidence
Completing projects boosts one’s self-confidence and builds self-esteem. Positive and honest feedback from observers of one’s creations leads to an increase in one’s sense of self-assurance and the will to continue to be creative!
- Optimistic Outlook and View of Life
Improvement in flow and spontaneity provides an outlet for grief, and mourning helps with self-identification and self-expression and builds self-esteem and confidence.
- Encouragement of Sociability
Taking part in the generally casual and relaxed atmosphere of group creative activities allows individuals to socialise confidently with others in the group as well as allowing moments of creating in silence.
This physical, creative involvement in a relaxed group-setting brings forth mental calmness, allowing for the letting-go of anxious behaviours and opening up for conversations with other participants.
Leisure Education/Quality of Living
- Creating a Positive Mind-set
Being creative teaches one to be in tune with the aesthetics of the visual world around us and lets us focus and appreciate the beauty life offers.
Embracing the beauty around us, the different kinds of textures like the bark on trees or colourful roses in bloom; the baffling sunset colours; the fluffy white clouds against the blue sky, gives a more positive outlook for the ever-changing beauty around us.
Taking part in creative processes that teach one to appreciate and celebrate the beautiful in life can decrease many risks of mental illnesses.
- Quality of Life
Being creative is a functional and healthy form of self-expression which connects your body, mind and soul.
Partaking in the creative process, learning new techniques and ever-evolving and growing while creating, can contribute to a lifetime of commitment to expand oneself and maintain a productive hobby.
Creative Expressive Participation
- Boosts of Creativity
To be creative is the mode of artistic expression. Whether the creation and art/craft is abstract, realistic, minimalistic or chaotic, it can reveal the deepest emotional expression and motivation.
To be creative, to play with colour, texture, designs, to be innovative or even to re-create, fosters the endless imaginative possibilities that come to life through being creative.
- Building Knowledge and Appreciation of Various Cultures
Connecting with others fosters bonding and increases one’s social skills; to learn from other leads to appreciation and higher levels of happiness.
Knowledge that can be shared, promoting sociability between various cultures and degrees of comparison opens up creative possibilities.
- Experimentation and Exploring
To give expression to our creativity is essential for us humans to expand our abilities to connect with ourselves and with the environment around us.
Given opportunities to explore our creative abilities opens up the hidden possibilities in every person.
Every day has enough opportunities for ACTIVITIES!
The CREATIVE EXPRESSIVE ACTIVITIES are developed to assist in the ABILITIES of participants of the protective workshop.
Every creative activity enhances the possibilities of therapeutic values and encountering an HOLISTIC outcome.
In most of the activities, recycled materials are used to create timeless, innovative, functional and practical creative products.
I Made it
That first brush dripping with red, blue, yellow and green…..painting the white cloth and the colours dancing before my eyes….I put the cloth beneath my cup of tea…I made it…I paint it……
That first wool knot on the wire hanger…..that smile when the knots and wire hanger transform in a duster….handmade by myself….. dusting my own cupboard or give it away as a present for my mom……
The sticky feeling of putty clay…….my hands and fingers sometimes dumb……pressing the sea shells one by one assemble a humble flowing pattern…..fill the can with what so ever I want….I made it myself, the sea shell can……
Holding tight the wax crayon….scribbling patterns wiggling up and down…with the brush dripped in dye transform the plain brown paper bag in a artwork…I create myself….a present inside in the bag I create myself……
With these simple small acts, one-by-one a life is transformed…….
Re-Cycle ~ Re-Purpose ~ Re-Use
Timeless focuses on the availability of items directly from the surrounding environment. Items that are available NOW, at present, and the use of such items to create quality re-useable “new” products/articles.
Focusing on these directly available items and re-using them to create articles that are marketable contributes to the sense of accomplishment and the economic self-empowerment of people.
TiC is currently re-purposing hessian cocoa and coffee-bean bags supplied by DV Chocolate from Spice Route and old denim jeans into innovative and creative practical, functional and marketable products.
Articles produced for to De Villiers Chocolate include pencil cases, small utility bags, mini-bags, shoulder bags, tote bags and cushions on request. The uniforms for the De Villiers Chocolate staff members, (waistcoats and aprons), are also creations of Timeless.
All articles are designed by Naki Jansen van Rensburg and the Timeless team takes pride in personally delivering the articles.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
But rarely admit the changes it has gone through
To achieve that beauty.
~ Maya Angelou ~