Dyslexia Scotland Blog contribution

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I was invited by Dyslexia Scotland to contribute to their online blog “a life less ordinary”, and today it went live.

https://alifelessordinaryds.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/bear-with-me/

Through the process of thinking about what to illustrate and write I noted that it was taking me time to think of a good concept and one the what accessible to those with Dyslexia and those without.  The biggest challenge I have with my Dyslexia is the act of processing information, I can do it no problem, it just takes me a little while longer, and this is across the board, whether its in conversation, answering questions, or devising a idea or new concept for my work.  The best way for me to explain it is for you to imagine you come to the edge of a field, and you can see a path that clearly cuts through the middle getting you to your required destination, naturally you would take this path, as for me taking this path would not be as natural, I would walk the perimeter of the field or make up my own route wandering across the field, deciding a way that works for me.

It will just taking me longer, but this does not equate to me being slow or stupid. It is a proven scientific finding, that those with Dyslexia process information over three sectors of the brain whereas those without dyslexia process information over 2 ares of the brain.

So the final concept for the Dyslexia Scotland blog was called Bear with me, and so tank you for bearing what me as I have explained the process of the ,making of the concept,  I hope you will like the illustration and take the time to read the poem that I created to go with it!

Bear with me

 

Bear with me as I fumble for words,

it takes time, which may seem absurd

Bear with me as I doodle and draw,

I have the feeling I just can’t write anymore

Bear with me as I go for a walk to clear my head,

to try and lift this feeling of dread

Bear with as I get myself back on track,

to meet this deadline which I know I can crack

Bear with me as I doodle and draw, my head is full,

I can’t think straight anymore

Bear with me as I take my time,

find a pace that suits me fine

Bear with me as I pick up the pace,

I feel I can win this deadline race

Bear with me as the words transpire

Woohooo look at me I am on fire

Bear with me as my fingers tap away,

I am nearly done it’s the end of the day,

For this little rhyme,

it took a huge amount of time,

Bear with me as bring this to a close,

Scraping through by the skin of my nose,

As I sigh with relief,

I will keep this brief

Bear with me is my mantra in life,

its kept me out of certain strife,

Knowing I need that extra time

letting people know I am Dyslexic is fine

Dyslexia is part of me

so please bear with me and let me be me

 

Hanks Tri

Hanks Tri is a picture book that was created in response to research with adults who have dyslexia. The illustrations were designed to reflect there experiences, and the impact dyslexia has had on them.

The research was carried out through Dyslexia Scotland.

The concept of the book is the triathlon represents the three different areas of the brain that information has to travel in order for someone with dyslexia to process it. These are proven to be different parts of the brain than that of non dyslexic person.

A participant during the research stated “changing conversation is like having to transition all the time, it takes time and energy.”

The triathlon goes over the area of the brain and each section of the triathlon presents a new challenge, each based on participants experiences.

Each illustration is created of 2d parts constructed to make 3d sets, photographed and digitally coloured.

Hank has twine for his beard to represent the tangled thought process that can be experienced by someone with dyslexia.