6 year old artist with autism creates stunning art... even celebrities are noticing!
We've posted Iris's story here before, in which Iris, a six-year-old with autism, found her voice through painting and her faithful companion, Thula the cat.
The word spread across the globe, Iris and Thula were sending out a strong message – that different is brilliant.
What came afterwards is incredible. Her mother shares her journey below.
The word spread across the globe, Iris and Thula were sending out a strong message – that different is brilliant
Iris is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant
Her exceptional focus and attention to details have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings
She found her voice through painting and her faithful companion – Thula, the artist assistant
Iris’s artwork has been bought by collectors before, but one of the biggest surprises was Angelina Jolie!
For the first time our family took a trip abroad to Stockholm, a remarkable achievement for a little girl who was once isolated at home unable to speak or be around others
Now talking, reading and enjoying her home education it’s a different story
I love that we don’t have to conform, we can just go with the flow and follow Iris and she is happy
She’s is more responsive, calm and easy when I set up ‘playrooms’ within the garden or even sometimes out in the countryside…
…and of course wherever we go, Thula comes with us
Even going on bike rides…
…or for a swim
Autism has opened up my perceptions of how you can teach a child
It doesn’t have to be in a classroom it can be wherever the child is most comfortable, using their own interests to inspire them
So I decided to tell our story in our first book
3 artists have come together, the painter, the photographer and the illustrator
We told her story through words and pictures with the help of Thula, her trusty feline artist assistant
I wanted to raise awareness of autism, to show people that there can be a future, a bright one
The techniques that work for Iris may not work with every child but I do believe there is always a key
It is about following the lead of your child
‘Dance to the Oboe’ by Iris Grace
‘Thula Mtwana’ by Iris Grace
‘Dancing in Snowflakes’ by Iris Grace
‘Meadow Foxtail’ by Iris Grace
‘Trumpet’ by Iris Grace
‘Under the Sea’ by Iris Grace
Highlights of Iris and Thula
She is truly a talented artist and a wonderful human being. We love her and Thula!
via Bored Panda
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