The Collaborative Fish

Vijaya Deepam : Self-Worth Postcard
The Collaborative Fish

The Collaborative Fish is the creation of the girls of Vijaya Deepam, Chennai. What started off a simple activity turned into an amazingly vibrant creation that was later framed by Anju Sabu, a Hope Torch trustee.


The artwork now hangs in the Hope Torch office in Bangalore and almost everyone who visits the office marvels at it. One visitor even offered to buy it but it will never be for sale as it represents everything that Hope Torch desires for the children that we work with.

In creating The Collaborative Fish, ten A4 sheets were placed to form a big rectangle and a big fish was drawn across the paper. The girls worked in pairs on the individual sheets of paper and coloured them as they saw fit. Each girl added her own artistic idea to a part of the fish. In the end, they put all the pieces back together and what came out was this spectacular fish. It has a variety of colours, textures, and designs each representing the uniqueness of each of girl.

This activity was done with program admin, Sarah George. Through this activity she wanted to show that each girl was of significant value; they were each unique and had a variety of things to offer to each other and to the world. It taught them that they all need not be the same, but to celebrate their differences by expressing themselves in different ways because the result will be something beautiful.

What we can all take away from this is that, no matter who we are or where we are from, we all have something of value to offer to the world and to each other.