Earlier in the Fall of 2015, a group of Engineering students from NAU came to Hozhoni to observe our artists at work. Their homework assignment was to develop adaptive equipment to assist in the artistic endeavors of our clients. After working and testing their prototypes, their creation was given to us.
The biggest issue that they have noticed was the difficulty in using our easels. For some of the artists that use wheelchairs, or prefer to be seated, the easels we had stood too high. They were also not very portable or stable. The product that the engineer students created for us was an easel made from a repurposed camera tripod. The height is adjustable, and is fitted with a paint dispenser above the canvas, and a tray below to hold pencils, brushes, etc. They even made a mini canopy for working outdoors in the sun.
As you can see, the clients already got some use out of this nifty new easel, and we look forward to using it more in the future. We want to give a huge thank you to the NAU Engineering students who worked on this project. Its great to see equipment being made to make it possible for all our artists to express themselves in all avenues.