Artist uses talent to transform pediatric helmets into adorable works of art
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Artist uses talent to transform pediatric helmets into adorable works of art

From childhood to current day, Paula Strawn has always been referred to as an artist. Her talent quickly got her labeled among family and friends as the go-to person for any creative need. “[It was like,] ‘You want it painted? I will do that thing! Whatever it is,’” said Paula. But one request led Paula down an unanticipated life path: painting baby helmets. When Paula wasn’t doing art herself, she was helping others find their creativity. She often volunteered doing art in her children’s classroom. Her child’s teacher, Cathy Everett, had a special request; She asked Paula to paint her baby granddaughter’s pediatric helmet. "She was like, ‘Paint this ugly thing!’" Paula recalled. "And I was like, ‘Okay!’" Like thousands of infants, Everett’s grandchild had plagiocephaly. It is a common, treatable disorder where there is a flat spot on a baby’s head. For more uplifting stories, follow HeartThreads on Facebook. According to the Boston Children’s Hospital , plagiocephaly develops when an infant’s soft skull becomes flattened in one area, due to repeated pressure on one part of the head. Many babies develop plagiocephaly by sleeping regularly in one position. The helmet is used to help form abnormal head/skull shape […]

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