Art therapy at women’s workshop
AN Ashford artist has been using her work to help women understand the healing process. Heidi Yssennagger’s paintings deal with the isolation female patients can experience when they are sick. Mrs Yssennagger, who has been displaying her work at a workshop in Margate, used her images to engage people in discussion about their personal experiences while ill and to look at ways to improve their lives. The women’s workshop was part of a collaboration with equality and diversity worker Sheree Bell, who said: “I was keen to work with Heidi and use her art as an inspiration for discussion.” Mrs Yssennagger, of Faversham Road, Kennington, has suffered serious illness and at one time thought she was going to die in hospital from a bowel disease. She told the Express: “I thought I was not going to make it, and my husband and I even made plans for my funeral.” The 40-year-old motherof-two took up art while recovering at the William Harvey Hospital. “Art has always been a therapy for me, making me look at my own illness,” she said.