Here in Canberra we have a wonderful centre that caters to women and their families experiencing difficulties and in some cases trauma after the birth of a child. They cater to families with children up to the age of 3 years and provide help with:
- unsettled babies
- feeding problems
- postnatal anxiety & depression
- parenting support & education
- problems with infant weight gain
- child behaviour difficulties
I have had a number of friends stay at this centre and really think it is invaluable. I could go on about my thoughts of the sometimes difficult process in becoming a mother today and the importance of woman to woman support (not only on this issue but also in life in general!), but that hat has now been put down for my other passion – that of mosaic 🙂 Which is why I’m writing this today… If you’d like to read more about the centre, you can go to their website.
So, at this family centre in Curtin there are several mosaics. The one I’m posting today was installed back in 1997 and was made by Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend. It was made with assistance from the ACT Public Art Program. The design of the floor is loosely based upon celestial star maps. Symbols of life, nurturing and optimism are incorporated into the floor to both welcome and farewell people to the facility.
It has been made from ceramic, broken china and metal shapes. It looks great as you walk into the centre. A real feature.