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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.
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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."