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We continue to develop our 3d moulded chair techniques. We started a new technique with Elijah this year, by usin plaster of paris on the first layer... looking forward to seeing the results soon!
Well our technique for three dimensional formed seating has moved into our first wheelchair inset seat now! The technique we are using to make such items, is by positioning the client well, on a bag filled with polystyrene balls. We then, by vacuum, remove all the air, to get a fixed form of the client, that holds them in that ideal position. From that we then fabricate a moulded seat to that shape.
David finds it very tricky to keep his head upright and has trunk instability. Andrew our orthopaedic technician, together with his colleague, Moses (who was volunteering with us while on leve from Saudi Arabia) and out OT crew, managed to get the cast and form the mould for Davids wheelchair - and we are so happy with the results! We are now working on a specialised head rest to help keep his head in alignment.. so work in progress for David!
I have been informed that this is the first time 3d Moulding has been utilised in Kenya. Excited that this should be the first of many many more! Special thank you to Moses Gitonga for affording us his skills while home on holidays.. and not forgetting David who had permitted me to write his story on this blog!!
We are super excited in the Sanctuary Artist Workshop to be researching and developing methods to form moulded seating for our children wh have unique postural needs. We are currently working taking body casts out of polystyrene balls in vacuum bags which are vacuumed when the child is held in an optimum position, then creating moulded chairs out of the form. We are researching the use of both cardboard and foam. Watch this space for further developments.