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People and Plates Intergenerational Tableware Design
An intergenerational design project has been co-run by three organisations working in partnership; these are London Borough of Sutton (Lee Simmons), Volunteer Centre Sutton (Nicola Kelly) and Sutton Housing Partnership (Lynne Mitchell). Weekly workshops have been held in Milton House sheltered accommodation, involving a team of 8 young people and 10 older people co-designing tableware, based on recent research into the health benefits of using contrasting colours in tableware.
The exhibition will be held at the Europa Gallery in Sutton Library between March 20th and April 4th. We will display a green maze tablecloth designed by a client at Sutton Mental Health Foundation, with flora and fauna themed ceramic tableware, growing out of the maze, made by young and older people working together as a team. The ceramics were made at Scola and designed at Milton House.
‘As part of work that clinical colleagues have been undertaking in relation to End of Life Care and Dementia, we have been made aware of some research which identifies that, by using high contrast colours for drinking vessels and cutlery, tablecloths etc. There is a much higher level of fluid and food intake.’
‘This small change can radically alter a client’s activities of daily living, and potentially prevent ill health.’ Eleanor Brown