“I have worked many years as a therapist for chidren and youth with special needs.
I have personally seen what they like, how they sense a language without words – music, how they become sad when they aren’t heard, how they feel joy and happiness when they are understood and when they can do something heartwarmingly beautiful.
Besides – their skills can be used to earn a living. How wonderful!”
We welcome everybody interested in sharing new skills with children and young people with special needs.
The ideology behind Creativity-line is that everybody has the right to be happy.
Here, young people with special needs can find simplified instructions for artisan work that they can do with the help of their supervisors, teachers and parents.
You can take a look at the instruction videos on ceramics and the Japanese creative hand weaving technique known as SAORI.
Our videos have Latvian, Estonian, Spanish and English subtitles.
An additional explanation that could be necessary and helpful before watching the video has been brought at the end of this page.
Additionally, we have three videos, where our friends from the Lourdes College in Madrid show their exceptional skill in ceramics. These videos also have subtitles and they are simple and easy to understand.
The website is easily accessible in four languages.
It is extremely important to improve the professional and social communication skills of people with special needs – artisan work and relaxing music therapy are perfect for achieving that. Staying alone or communicating in a group can cause social stress for young people with special needs and this tension needs to be resolved. Creating something because you were asked to and not just for yourself can cause unnecessary frustration. We have found help in regular music therapy sessions.
Simple SAORI hand weaving and ceramics can provide an income and an enjoyable profession. Further information about passing a standard UN certification exam can be found on the website of our project partner, MTÜ Loometaru.
Including people with special needs into society is a human right. This project affirmed our belief that creating art promotes dialogue between cultures. Our studio has made this pleasant dialogue work. The art workshop offers a place with a free atmosphere and equal treatment for people from different social backgrounds – students, teachers, parents, volunteers, both young and adults, both boys and girls. In the studio, they are all considered equal, they are active and the social skills of the all of the participants improve.This very special form of art that has been made by people with special needs has to become more widely accessible and acknowledged in our society. Human rights declare that everybody should be included in society and should be able to do what they love. Everybody should have the opportunity to better themselves.
The mentally challenged will often not be able to work independently or stand up for their rights concerning education policies, but they could, for example, be extremely talented in music or art. We wish to help them find opportunities to express themselves.
Since 2008, The Estonian Qualifications Authority (http://www.kutsekoda.ee/et/index
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) has been offering disabled young people who have been well prepared in applied arts a chance to take the according level two qualifications exam, which will confirm that they are ready to work in their field. It is not necessary to take handicraft preparation courses offered by the Estonian Qualification Authority to get this certificate; the skills can also be acquired at other educational establishments.The certificate in applied arts is accepted everywhere in Europe.
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Our website includes the logos of all of our partners. Clicking on the logo opens a new page, where you can find more information about the corresponding establishment, about how they work, their beliefs, ideas and activities.
The website has a working forum for communication.
We encourage you to take an active role in the forum and use it to exchange your experiences and materials. It is a multilingual forum, where everybody can communicate and start a dialogue in different languages.
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The Wonderful World of SAORI
What is Saori? If translated directly from Japanese, Saori means individual weaving.
Saori can be called creative weaving. It is done on small and comfortable looms with the desired yarn, experimenting with different thicknesses and combining tapestry and shag weave techniques. Everything that is considered a defect in regular weaving is an effect in Saori. Everything is allowed and mistakes can already be made during setup and warping the loom, and of course during weaving. I can recommend Saori to people with special needs, whose creativity and free approach to weaving seems to be made for Saori.
Everybody can learn to weave on looms. The technique is simple – we use two treadles and emphasize the colours and finishing of different materials. The technique doesn’t let anything go to waste – unthreaded yarn and pieces of yarn in all sizes are also suitable for weaving. The Saori fabric is especially good for making clothes as the woven material has a great flow to it and is soft and comfortable.
This type of weaving has a therapeutic effect and the hours seem to fly by.
Misao Jo, the creator of Saori, who celebrated her 102 birthday this spring, discovered that weaving that is creative, free and doesn’t follow any rules gives wonderful results. It is somewhat surprising that this rule defying work started in an environment that values tradition and finely tuned work techniques. Maybe this is a sign of an era that calls to be more creative, more unique. Saori weaving was first exhibited in Osaka in the 1960s and was extremely well received. It now has thousands of followers around the world, who spread the ideas and keep them alive. To Misao Jo’s great surprise, the novel ideas were very well received, and today there are more than 30,000 Saori weavers in Japan alone. Saori has given people from at least 40 countries a way of expressing their creativity.
More information at www.saoritallinn.webs.com.
Additional information for the video on Saori.
Clay is an ancient material that has been used for centuries. Clay starts off soft and pliable and can be sculpted. It responds to the slightest of touches and hand movements. Firing stores all of this as the material solidifies. That is the magic of clay – it starts off as something soft and then becomes strong and unchangeable.
Working with clay is also perfect for people with special needs and the items they create are original and unique. In most cases, the help of a ceramist is still needed to help understand and put to use the possibilities the material offers.
Instructions for creating a ceramic platter.
MAKING OF BOWLES USING CASTING TECHNIQUE
MAKING A CLAY PLATE
MAKING OF A PLATE WITH RELIEF
We always roll the boards to obtain a uniform thickness of the sheet.
The piece of claywork carved by the maker is soft and plastic at first but after heating it becomes solidly unchangeable. The created art pieces are unique and free of clichés. Makers with special needs require assistance from instructors who know the material well for their works to turn out better.
For further information please contact our partners
Weaving on Saori-axes is limitless therapic work that offers creative satisfaction. It's like playing a musical instrument that emits colours instead of sounds or like painting where the paintbrush is a shuttle and the canvas is the yarn on warp. Weave exactly as you wish, express your emotions, enjoy the process of the WORK, it makes you happy!
Successful everyday life in the society requires being level-headed. Good cooperation with a music therapist helps change the mood so that teamwork would flow effortlessly and social interactions would stay stress free.
I have been working as a music therapist for young people and children with special needs since 2001.
The time that children and young people with special needs spend at school is great! Music therapy brings joy to all participants.
Everybody knows that music can be used to alter mood swings. Think back to a rhyme you used to sing in your childhood, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!” I bet it made the corners of your mouth turn up, didn’t it? This is the simplest way to describe our aim – make the children and young people with special needs genuinely smile and have fun! And if they need to be calmed down, then the soothing melody of Brahms’ Lullaby would be a good choice.
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Rhythms can be calming or invigorating.
The melody can help you find your identity.
The beautiful and harmonious movement supports inner peace as well as teamwork.
We use changes in volume to encourage or help pull a person back and calm them down when they are upset.
Our tone of voice, the way we move, the colours and smell we use – everything about us has an impact on our surroundings, especially on the gentlest of our society, the children and the young going through puberty that have special needs.
Music therapists have been taught both in theory and in practice how to help people in the simplest way, as we have contact with sounds and are surrounded and moved by them throughout our lives. Sound is an everyday part of our life since our conception. Who knows, maybe even earlier, as it also influences our parents to be.
Additional information about using music and its therapeutic impact on general well-being and health can be found at
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