“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent, with a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play.”
– Henri Matisse
The Riley Children’s Foundation recently collaborated with Our Culture of Good to celebrate and sponsor the creativity of the children at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The resulting microfiber cloths highlight the creativity of nine child artists with ties to Riley. In this Riley blog series, we’ll burrow deeper into each artist’s story and how they are inspired to create artwork. Here is Sophie Collier’s story:
When Sophie was born with a heart defect, doctors and nurses thought they had a battle ahead of them. But then, the four-pound-newborn Sophie developed an immune disease called DiGeorge Syndrome, making it hard for her little body to make antibodies to fight off disease and sickness. Her mom explains that “Sophie was born with a heart that is too small for her, so, doctors have to surgically enlarge her heart as she grows.” Although little Sophie continues to fight her health battles, she brings magic into the world of those who meet her.
After seeing Sophie’s art, you’ll realize very quickly the large stores of raw talent held inside her. The bright colors and multiple textures Sophie brought into her art for the TCC microfiber cloths is impressive. “We’re all golden sunflowers inside”, an Allen Ginsberg quote, stands white against a black background. Meanwhile, underneath the thoughtful quote, stands a garden of dazzlingly bright flowers and vegetables. Even the dirt holding the flowers in place incorporates patterns and textures. This art is simply a feast for the eyes.
Check back on the TCC Talk blog for stories about each Riley child and the artwork they created. 100% of all microfiber cloth sales goes back to Riley Hospital. And don’t forget to go to your neighborhood TCC store to choose your favorite microfiber cloth.