CPTSD Through the Lens of Art

CPTSD Through the Lens of Art

Idea Generation

What is this project about?

This project is done to educate and spread awareness about a severe mental health issue through a simplistic but easy to understand media. It's about how delicate children are, and the easy consequences of actions many believe have no consequences.

What do you want to get out of this project?

I hope to greaten my understanding and empathy for people that deal with such issues, as well as improve my writing and storytelling. I want to spread awareness.

where did the skills go? we are taking skills out of the idea generation process, in an attempt to make projects more career-focused. If you want to get leveled-up for a project, share it with the appropriate guide or faculty member for feedback upon completion.

Guiding Question

Turn your idea above into a guiding question.

How easily can a child's development be affected through parental and peer treatment, and what's the best way to translate that into a medium?


“The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” Bessel Van Der Kolk

“CPTSD: From Surviving to Thriving” Pete Walker

“The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self” Alice Miller


What will it take for you to complete this project?

Resources on the development of traumatized children, the most common types of neglect and abuse. A basic understanding of what trauma is and the long term consequences on the child.

Non informational things needed are basic art supplies, in this case alcohol markers, embroidery thread and needles, setting spray, hot glue, and a fabric of some sort (I ended up using denim).

Work Product Deliverables

Work Product due
January 29, 2021

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Work Product


Reflect on this project cycle by answering the questions below.

The act of reflecting allows us to pull out the big takeaways that we'd like to remember from this project to make recalling them easier.

What are some of the most interesting discoveries you've made working on this project?

I was both fascinated and saddened but the countless ways that childhood neglect affects people as adults and follows them into their adult lives. I also furthered some fiber art techniques that I hadn’t had the chance to dabble in before, namely hemming/embroidery, and book binding (albeit a very scuffed version).

What extra resources would be helpful for this project in the future?

Preparation and solid conceptual ideas for what is going to be made. I struggled with having a consistent plan and narrowing down or cutting different concepts. The book “The Tao of Fully Feeling: Harvesting Forgiveness out of Blame” by Pete Walker was a highly recommended book in healing from parental abuse, and any other book by Alice Walker is a must. I didn’t have time to read more than her most popular book, but I want to invest more time in the future reading them.

🌹 What did you enjoy most about this project? 🥀 What didn't go well in this project? 🌱 What will you do differently next time?

I enjoyed creating something physical with several different components to finish it. I loved crafting the book, and putting together the art to complete it, and it felt very satisfactory to have something I was proud of in my hands by the end of it. I also loved the tease arch portion as the books I chose were fascinating and wonderfully written.
Idea generation and realistically planning something I could create in the time allotted. Either I had too many ideas, too high ambitions for a three week period, not enough interest in a selected idea to create it, or I was lacking the skill or materials to pursue an idea. This heavily slowed me down and put me much further behind than I could successfully make up for. In addition to the hours it took to simply make the book, I also had to painstakingly illustrate abstract concepts over the course of a little less than a week. The research was easy, deciding on and crafting the final product was not.
I’ll make sure to have an idea prepared and narrowed down before starting a project, with an additional, easier back up plan in case things go wrong with the original idea.


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