The Hankie Project

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When Julie Barratt's father died, she expressed her grief in words and images on a handkerchief.

In 2010, Australian artist and art dealer invited artists of all ages and backgrounds to submit similar handkerchiefs that represented their own responses to death and grief.

In six months, more than 100 works were submitted from more than 12 countries and her project became a sister project to A Book About Death.

The Hankie Project was described by one of the participating artists as an unique opportunity in processing loss.

"Grief can often be a very private lonely place, but by inviting every one in to share their stories and experiences, a common art work is produced; and a healing community is created," writes Katka Adams. "I have often felt that our culture and society is now missing a process or way of dealing with our grief."

Barratt's exhibition is up for view at Barratt Galleries in Adelaide, Australia, where visitors can create their own hankies on site. See more of the exhibition's submissions here.

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Claire Lawton
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