Art ther­apy at women’s work­shop

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

Ge­off Nor­cott

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