Tina from Roeselare channels frustrations by painting dolls

At the start of the corona crisis, Tina Van de Velde was diagnosed with autism. The 47-year-old Roeselaar channels her anger by painting dolls and making (often horrifying) creations. “Meanwhile, the anger has given way to satisfaction and this hobby has become an important outlet in my coping process.”

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Tina Van De Velde has been working as a warden for more than twenty years. 2020 was a dark year in her life. “Just as we went into lockdown, doctors diagnosed me with autism. That news hit like a bomb. I was frustrated and became aggressive,” she says. Horror movie fan She looked for a way out of her frustration and found it in an unexpected way. She started painting dolls, which she bought at the thrift shop or received from friends. “That’s how I started experimenting with those dolls. I’ve been a fan of horror movies all my life and I lived it out. In a creative way I gave old, discarded dolls, figurines and statues of saints a new, often creepy, appearance.”Exhaust valve for aggressionThat creative therapy turned out to have a positive influence on how Tina feels. “Editing the dolls became an outlet for my aggression and anger. It has now become a hobby in which I find reflection and silence. It has become an important outlet in my processing process.” Tina doesn’t have an artistic background, but she doesn’t care about that. She’s looking for her way. “The end result is sometimes a total failure, but I do get satisfaction from what I make. There is a piece of myself in every finished doll.” “I don’t care what others think. I do what makes me feel good, everything else is secondary,” she says. Expo in K-TrolleHer partner Freddy Eeckhout contacted Jurgen Lievens of the K-Trolle culture house in Roeselare. He asked if his wife could show her work there. “I had never thought of that myself. An exhibition… I see my dolls as a hobby and something that helps me to accept my otherness.” But Freddy and Jurgen persisted and convinced Tina to show some of her works to the general public. Tina’s creations can be seen in K-Trolle for the next three weekends.Workshops“By showing the dolls I hope to show that people with a diagnosis of autism are no different from others. Hopefully I can inspire others to get satisfaction from the creative process just like I do”, explains Tina why she let herself be convinced. She is also thinking of organizing workshops in the future. On 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 January, each time from 4 to 11 p.m. in K-Trolle, Scharestraat 20 in Roeselare. Info: www.k-trolle.be

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