Recently, Grade 5 girls at Angus McKay School were led through an embroidery workshop with Toronto Art Therapy Institute student Rebecca Epp. The aim was to build self-confidence and self-esteem, and educate participants in mental health practices, mindfulness, and social awareness.
Through learning the slow art form of embroidery, the girls were also learning how to be patient with themselves and others around them, how to celebrate their successes, and how to work through challenges.
Mental health and illness were ongoing discussions. As these girls were preparing for their last stretch of elementary school, many were beginning to feel anxiety toward the transition to their middle schools. This was something that could be talked about freely and without judgement in the space.
Embroidery is an art form that has served many cultures for generations. The girls of Angus McKay continued this history and it allowed them to celebrate differences and similarities.