Earlier this afternoon I made paper punch artwork at Barnes Jewish Children’s Hospital. This project is a long time coming, I was scheduled to complete it last summer, but had to cancel due to the hospitalization with Bennett. In the meantime- the hospital has changed several guidelines to protect patients and I was unable to use birdseed due to new regulations with plant materials.
So Plan B- Shredded paper. But the pieces were too big from a cross-cut shredder unless the works were huge. I would need a micro-shredder and access to one (besides purchasing) would be a security concern for companies who use one. Paper punch size would be perfect, but too time consuming.
While in Omaha with family, the solution came to me. Plan C. Contact printers for their paper punch waste, and hope to gather enough for the session with the patients. I am really grateful to my parents for assisting in the acquisition. I would like to thank Sharon Reichwein at CopyCat, PIP Printing (a whole year from their hand-punch!), MinuteMan Press, Fed-Ex Office, and alphAGraphics, all near 114th and Dodge, for donating to the cause.
I was glad to give a few people a pleasant distraction from their day. Julie Gant, the art therapist, was a pleasure to work with and will continue to use the materials with patients.