Today, I want to write about how creative people use their talents to help others.
The Drawing Hope Project is the brainchild of a talented photographer living in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His photographic creations for this project are so unique they are difficult to describe with mere words. However, I feel Shawn Van Daele summarizes it best on his website:
“I take drawings done by children born or living with health conditions, and turn them into magical photographs – starring themselves – for a storybook series filled with HOPE.”
Click on the links above or the photo below to see Shawn’s creations, read his story and be inspired.
On the Drawing Hope Project Contact page, find out how a child, suffering from a debilitating health problem can request be part of his initiative.
Although I have never met Shawn, I became aware of his endeavors through one of his long time friends, a very talented quilter who just happens to be my lovely niece Sheilagh. Recently, Sheilagh helped bring happiness and assistance to the family of Marco, the subject of the photo above. Sheilagh designed and created an “I Spy” themed quilt with over 400 squares. She solicited donors to sponsor each square and the proceeds were given to the family last weekend.
Click on the photo below to read her very touching account of her visit to Marco and his family.
Sheilagh is a full time Interior Designer by day and in her “spare” time, the creative owner of Lay It On Me Baby . (Isn’t that a great name for a quilting business?!) Although she creates quilts of all types, I especially like her baby quilts and crib sets. Each one is very unique with a theme and design meticulously planned and tailored to the client’s decor and colour palette. They are so adorable!
Be sure to visit her blog and website to see her creations.
Contact her to discuss ordering a custom made gift for someone!
Christmas is just around the corner!
I have been so inspired and humbled by these artists and their endeavors to bring happiness to others.