Mental Health Toys

  • Annemarieke Kloosterhof
  • Nick Dunne

Art Direction: Annemarieke Kloosterhof Photography: Nick Dunne This series explores various aspect of Mental Health, disorders, and other neurodiversity, in an inviting way that is colourful, accessible and most of all: kid friendly. Each image is made by hand and is created out of paper. The aim of this project was to create a series of still life photo-illustrations targeted to young children, in a way to help explain these sometimes complicated medical terms through a medium they are familiar with: Toys.

The first image is of a set of letter blocks, which placed in the wrong order and with the letter B turned upside down. This image represents Dyslexia.
The second image is a towerblock, 1 second removed from falling over, and represents stress/ burnout.
The third image features a Rubik's cube, which is impossible to solve, with one square out of place, and represents OCD.
The fourth image is a set of disconnected Walkie-Talkies, symbolising Social Anxiety.
For more information about this project & behind the scenes please see my Patreon, or have a look on my website:
Instagram: @annemarieke.kloosterhof