The Tools of Living project celebrates all forms of disabilities


Artist Elana Langar was inspired by her gran’s love of beauty to start the Tools of Living project.

Elana’s granny was never seen without her hair and nails done and when she needed the use of a zimmer frame, the lady’s “vanity had come up against the limit of the body."

Talking about her grandmother, Elana says: “My grandmother was a real lady. I don’t remember a time when her hair and nails weren’t done and she wasn’t dressed impeccably".

When Elana’s granny was unable to walk unaided, the thoughts of using a zimmer frame became “unbearable”.

So, Elana set about starting the Tools of Life project to celebrate all forms of disabilities. The artist created bejewelled walking frames and bedazzled hearing aids.

Talking about her project, she says: “One tool of enhancement, like clothing or jewelry, doesn’t have to compromise another tool of enhancement like the ability to hear or walk with greater ease."

“Both are enriching our experiences in the world and both are admitting that we need and want help with the conditions that exist within us at any given moment. When used to enhance joy and enjoyment, these are all equally and differentially tools of life and living well.”