This project is called Happy Fingertips and consists in the creation of an interactive print to be used in the bed sets and pajamas of a children’s hospital. It also includes an activity book and other support materials. When you think about a hospital, it comes to your mind the image of a cold and sad place. All over the world there are children spending several weeks, months and even years on a hospital bed and the treatments they go through can be very aggressive.
The main goal of this project is to work on the humanization of the hospital environment in order to turn the pediatric patients’ stay into something a little less suffering. Making them feel good about themselves, have fun, gain confidence will help their treatment, at least psychologically.
Considering the fact that during big part of the day the child is in bed, it seemed a good alternative creating an interactive print that would be applied to the bed sets and pajamas. The person I’ve chosen to inspire me throughout this project is the american illustrator and writer Ed Emberley. He wants people, specially children, to see art as a fun and exciting thing. He believes that everybody can draw and be an artist in their own way. For him, an illustration mustn’t be “perfect”, it must make you feel good about yourself. The essence of his work is creating amazing things with simple shapes.
Following the concept of “feeling good about yourself”, the print presents human figures in fantastic, happy and fun situations. The illustrations are made out of fingerprints because they are simple shapes that everybody can do. Besides that, the goal is to make children realize they did a unique illustration, that no one can make something exactly like that.
With the bed set and pajamas, come an activity book, some colored stamp pads and a black marker. The book is an essential part of the interaction process because in it are presented a series of activities that the child will solve with the print as a support.