Inside my mind is a collection of woven tapestries that open up the conversation to ADHD. It visualises a journey to find balance in a world where ADHD is often misunderstood. The collection expresses a mix of stimulations, emotions, distractions, structure, and incomprehension that comes with having ADHD. The collection contains three pieces that are each unique and tell a different gradation of finding the balance with ADHD, because every moment can be different. The separate elements of tranquility and stimuli, both from the inside and outside, connect together as one. All in my mind.
ADHD. A subject that I recognise myself in. Often over-stimulated, difficulties with concentrating, restless, and at the same time not understood by others because they do not know how to deal with ADHD. Through my work I want to inspire others to talk about ADHD. For those who suffer from ADHD, for the people in their immediate environment but also for the people who suspect they have ADHD. ADHD shapes me as an intuitive designer. I use weaving as a design method to find structure in textiles that I have often lost in my own thoughts or physical hyperactivity. This allows me to express myself. All stimuli, emotions, structure, and balance are located in those tissues. I do not only want to inform my target group about ADHD, but also make them think in a visual way in which they can recognise themselves, feel understood and remove the boundaries to talk about it with others or to seek help.
INSIDE MY MIND
The target group is children and young adults between the age of 12-21 that have ADHD or have someone in their environment that has ADHD.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND US?
The collection has three pieces that each are exhibited in school environments such as middle schools and universities. This is where the impact will have the most effect due to opening up the conversation about ADHD. It is essential that the work is placed in a quiet room where the target group can escape to if they feel overstimulated. A place where they- feel safe, communicate to others or can receive counselling and become more aware of their thoughts.
KNOTTED FRUSTRATIONS & STIMULATIONS
Having controle gives a feeling of accomplishment. The organic shapes represent the moments in your behaviour and thoughts that will give you balance and structure. Stimulations and frustration will knot their way through that controle unless you unravel them yourself.
Tangled up in too many stimuli. The feeling of being alone, not understood and panic. That is what lets the knots grow and eat away the light structure that is still present.
Finding a balance between too calm and too hectic, something I struggle with on a daily basis. Stimulations creep in during moments of structure and calmness. Finding the structure from within myself keeps me balanced.