How to create a homey clinical environment.

Aim2Walk opened nearly 3 years ago this January. With just 3 passionate, hard working and knowledgeable therapists on the floor, the goal was to make the impossible possible. They had a dream to create the perfect environment for clients to achieve there personal goals.

The clinic was open concept. There were pictures of birthdays, events and achievements hung for everyone to see. Anyone who came to the clinic felt that the atmosphere in that comfortable 4000 sq ft space was contagious and inspirational. Over the past few years, there have been many changes, including an expansion which has grown the clinic into a 10,000 sq ft space!

It was very important to us to make sure this new, larger space, felt just as comfortable and homey as the original smaller space. Faced with 22 foot ceilings and a gymnasium worth of empty wall space to fill, we soon realized we had a serious ‘decorative’ task ahead of us.

What better way to tackle this challenge then with real art! We took on the task of approaching local artist and asking if they’d be willing to hang their work in the clinic. We were happy to discover that there were no shortage of artists willing to jump on board! Once all of the art was up, we felt like we had done a pretty good job. Our efforts were confirmed when a client told me “Wow, it feels so homey.” You can only imagine how happy we all were to hear this.

Each artist is very unique, and I’ll gradually be sharing their stories and their art through future blog posts. I’d like to start off with an artist named Matt Kowalski. I personally claimed these pictures as “mine” because they’re hung down the hall to my massage room.

Matt creates his pieces in his home-studio here in Toronto. His artistic ideas and creations are self taught through experimentation and self learning. He has a passion to photograph things that inspire him, like water, trees, bicycles, surfing, and the unexpected or out of place. Matt works with different mediums but his favorite process (which happens to be my favorite) involves polaroid transfers.

By manipulating composition, alignment, focus and depth of field, he strives to create a slightly disjointed, yet familiar and nostalgic interpretation of reality. If you’re interested in seeing his work up close and personal (which you should be), feel free to come into the clinic and sneak a peak. If you see something you like, just tell us, all of the work is for sale. More information can also be found at www.mattkowalski.ca or email mjkowalski@gmail.com.

Thanks for helping us make good use of all this extra space Matt. Your work helps make the clinic a better, more cozy place!

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ImageMichelle Wolfe, RMT

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