Participating Artist – Luisa Ayala and Street Haven at the Crossroads Women Emergency Shelter (PULP: paper art party 2014)

PULP: paper art party is an investigation of the meaning of the triple bottom line: environmental, economic, and social. This year we are proud to demonstrate how a fun party can create positive social impact on multiple levels. Funds raised at the event and volunteer work will be donated to Street Haven at the Crossroads Women Emergency Shelter.

But together with the staff at the shelter, we managed something far more important than money. Professional artist Luisa Ayala has kindly agreed to coordinate creative sessions with tenants of the shelter. These women will join us at the event with their very own reclaimed materials art installation!

Here is the project as described by Ayala:

Rainbow House is a collaborative art piece made out of 12″ by 12″ modular tiles of corrugated cardboard, coloured paper strips, and hard cardboard from washing machines packaging. Each tile is created by a woman living at Street Haven Shelter.


The concept of ‘building a house’ was originated during the first session at the shelter, where each women described with words, sketches and images what they would like to represent in one collaborative piece.

SH3-Wall tile

A home built with cardboard reveals truth about life experiences, turns barriers of homelessness into opportunities, isolation into collaborative fun, and sadness into creativity.

SH2-Roof tile

“The world under one roof”…this is the introduction of Street Haven’s newsletter I was handed on my first visit to the shelter. Its content starts with a paragraph saying: “No one ever plans to be homeless, or become an addict, or develop schizophrenia”. Street Haven is a Women Shelter but it is also a Learning Centre and a Grant House with Addiction Services.


My experience as an art program facilitator in this place defined my collaborative installation piece for PULP paper art party 2014. A room filled with cardboard was the connecting platform between the women at the shelter and myself, where as a group, ideas evolved through key words like: house, windows, trees, flowers, and rainbow.


After ideas where collectively defined, cardboard and paper became tools of expression forming colourful raindrops, biblical crosses, bright Sun, grass, and abstract silhouettes, building a house installation that speaks of life experiences throughout a self-exploration process within a collaborative dynamic.


PULP is extremely grateful to Luisa and the women at the shelter for this opportunity to learn from their experiences!

– Rotem