2017 National Mature Media Award WINNER

2017 National Mature Media Award WINNER
The Creative Landscape of Aging Wins a NMMA Award!


Thursday, December 31, 2015


Disabilities promote challenges to invent new approaches, new  methods and new passion to make art. Not easy but the rewards are tremendous for those determined to engage in a creative life. 

Adaptation is a process of finding one's artistic voice. Whether born with handicaps or acquiring them during their lifetime, determination and resourcefulness will pave the path for talent to blossom. For those who were successful artists, they need to reinvent their approach and sometimes their art. 

For example, when Matisse became very sick in his older years and could no longer stand to paint, he used invention to push forward. Since he was bedridden, he had to find a way to continue to draw so he fashioned a fishing pole with a piece of charcoal at the end of the stick. He used this to draw on his walls and ceilings but soon became frustrated by the absence of color. That propelled him to develop these massive color assemblages. Working from his wheelchair and employing assistants to place the components as he directed on the wall, this series of works became his most successful art.

Of the many organizations dedicated to disabled artists, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists hold a roster of extraordinary artists and their work. Because of physical disabilities, these artists paint with a brush in their mouths or feet. The site is for profit to showcase and support the exceptional talent. Additional resources for disabled artists include, but are not limited to, the following:

VSA-the International Organization on Arts and Disability

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts

National Arts and Disability Center

Some visual artists who are disable and have achieved great creative success include:

Jeff Bevis became a quadriplegic at a young age. Despite a host of problems related to this condition, he graduated college and developed his skills to become a fabulous photographer who has had numerous exhibitions.

As an autistic savant, Stephen Wiltshire did not speak until he was 9 years old. But soon after, he started drawing architectural landscapes often remembering many details from having seen the buildings just briefly. Stephen has become world famous for his art.

Born in South Korea, Erin Ellis was adopted by an American family. Having cerebral palsy defined set hurdles for her in reaching creative success.She began by using her mouth to color pictures and then developed her skills as an artist.

With no lower arms or right foot, Simon Mark Smith creates remarkable paintings, teaches digital photography, writes poetry and develops websites. Yes and he is also a talented singer-songwriter!

Life challenges happen. Sometimes you are born with an identified challenge and at other times you develop the physical/emotional provblem from a disease and accident or through the aging process. The artists profied are just some of the many creative individuals who have jumped over early hurdles to develop their talent and themselves.

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Christopher Reeve

Monday, November 30, 2015

BOOK SIGNING: Judith Zausner at The Magic Gardens with artist Isaiah Zagar

When: December 18th  from 6:30-8:30
Where: The Magic Gardens in Philadelphia

Judith interviewed the iconic ceramic muralist Isaiah in her book: The Creative Landscape of Aging and she will be ready to autograph your book purchase. Both Judith and Isaiah will talk about creativity and aging.

It's FREE but seating is limited so sign up early!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Marvel of 3D Printing in FASHION!

3D printing has become a phenomena in almost every industry but is particularly fascinating in fashion where it must combine visual aesthetics, accommodate movement and ultimately give the user comfort to wear. A triad of a challenge enabled by current technology. The future of fashion has arrived.

As a graduate student of fashion design in Israel, Danit Peleg took that challenge to create her collection of 5 unique garments and shoes. She began the process with no formal training and selectively chose her 3D home printer, software to shape the garment and special material that would be strong, light and flexible. With immense perseverance and guidance from the technical community, she succeeded in her journey to bridge fashion with technology. 

While Danit primarily used triangles in an origami type of approach with an architectural vision, Iris Herpen's 3D fashion was created in a different way. It used a liquid material which, when hardened, almost appeared poured on the model because to achieve perfect fitting, 3D scanner technology was used for the body dimensions  It was a product of SLA technology and the founder, Chuck Hull, first invented this technique in 1983 for industrial applications.

And fashion accessories have are also an integral part of the 3D printing world. While necklaces and bracelets are smaller projects with fewer fitting requirements, designers have been eager to create extraordinary shoes which are more complex to design successfully. And so Continuum, a small 3D printing outpost in Brooklyn, has been meeting these fashion challenges with a focus on footwear. Mary Huang is the designer/technologist and pioneer in this art. 

She says: "Such dreams of seamless digital to physical distribution must start with reasonable steps. It is not enough to just have the technology. We must design great products that can be made with the technology. Only then can we truly disrupt how products are made, and bring the 3D printing revolution to the masses."

With a keen awareness of this growing technology in fashion design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York installed a remarkable and comprehensive exhibition titled Manus and Machina :Fashion in an Age of Technology. The exhibition has been so popular that the show dates have been extended.  You can view a gallery of extraordinary work in that show and also enjoy a short video and a series of brief clips from celebrated people..The New York Times has provided a full review of this show with accompanying pictures. If you have not seen the show in person, enjoy its majestry through these online links.

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” 
― Coco Chanel

Monday, September 7, 2015


My book, THE CREATIVE LANDSCAPE OF AGING is a winner in the 24th annual National Mature Media Awards Program http://www.seniorawards.com/2015winners/. 
The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, recognizes the nation’s finest marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs designed and produced for older adults. The entries were judged by a distinguished panel of mature market experts from across the United States for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the senior market.

Monday, August 31, 2015

An Interview with WARREN SEELIG: Textiles Transformed

You primarily reside in Maine now. Where did you grow up? What is the most important aspect of your environment? 

I fell in love with Maine when first teaching at Haystack. I also (believe it or not) love and thrive in cold weather but more important, I love the quality of light found here that comes from diffused light from changing weather here on the coast. My home here is on a lake in the country and I thoroughly enjoy the isolation and quiet….. but at the same time thrive in cities like Philadelphia and New York. I love the energy there and in general am attracted to both extremes….urban and rural. 

Do you recall your first experience of being creative? About how old were you and did this creativity come in spurts or was it a natural continuous flow? 

An early memory of loving to make things comes from making puppets that I stitched together when about 5 years old…. also did some very crude embroidery which was much encouraged by both my mother and father. I always had a project of some kind going on at home but then loved art class once I was in school. I also vividly remember my father being very enthusiastic about slit paper castles that I loved to make. I remember him saying at age (around 7) that “no other kid makes as beautiful paper castle as you make.” That certainly did not hurt my self esteem which I think was very important.

You have talked about your first woven cloth as a dynamic energy field complete with living mystery. Do you also have such wonders when you are constructing work with hard elements such as metal? 

Absolutely…. its not the (literal) material that is so important to me as it is discovering the “phenomenon” of textiles through my early experience in woven textiles and later translating that feeling through a variety of materials and in range of forms. 

You have a very successful career as an artist, educator, and writer and also honored to be a Fellow and Board member of the American Crafts Council. How do you balance and dedicate yourself to these different sectors? 

They all inter-relate…. Teaching is an extremely inspiring experience for me…. student discovery of their profound need to make, build and construct and love of materiality is exciting to observe and share with them. Their idealism about everything going on in their lives rubs off on me easily…. and is much appreciated. Also, I am interested in writing about ideas which I think are important and see few others who are paying attention. Students teach me so much about the textile medium through the way that they relate to it. My writing is often inspired by emerging artists and what appears to be important to them. Finally, I have been on a few boards including Haystack and the ACC. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with emerging artists with institutions and care deeply that they keep up with what the current generation of artists care about. The future of these institutions must be shaped by the needs of young artists. 

You participate in the installation of your work which is demanding physically because your art is both large and heavy. And at the time of this interview, you have multiple simultaneous exhibitions. How do you manage your involvement? 

In very large projects I hire assistants to work with me, especially when commissions come up. Keeping extremely busy keeps me young in body and in mind I think. I am in denial that I am getting older and recognize that I have slowed down in some ways. I guess that I am driven to do what I do and expect that that will never change. 

You are now 69, do you reflect on how your art has changed and what challenges you would like to take? 

That's a difficult question to answer in a few words. I am doing my best to not repeat my self in my work even though there is a real demand for that. I am more interested than ever in working collaboratively with installations at places like the Portland Museum of Art, Maryland Institute of Art and Haystack….. work where I have little idea what the finished product will be until the work is completed. Much of this work has no market value and only photo documentation and the experience of having accomplished is left after the project and showing has been completed. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A CREATIVE REBIRTH: Artists who Emerge Creatively from Another Career

People have many talents that are seldom realized in their lifetime. Economics is a factor that often cuts in the explorative personality; when making a living counts, when tuition investments matter, when security trumps innovative play-all are reasons to maintain a traditional career stance. But then something happens that stirs the soul to take risk, adventure and seek a creative life. It could be a big inheritance, a medical change or motivation to take a corporate parachute and color it or just an inner need to get a new life rudder.
These are some artists who successfully transitioned from their traditional career roles to a creative life.

       John Creveling was a career coach and was enjoying photography. About the time that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, he began to draw and paint. “I'm not sure if I discovered art or art discovered me. But I'm loving it every minute, every day, to try to experiment and grow that way.". He continues to create art in different mediums.

·     Dennis Stelz was a champion marksman who almost went blind from spinal surgery complications. He became very depressed. But fortunately, with the support of friends, learned to turn wood and his creative life was born.

·     George Saunders was an environmental engineer who had worked as an oil surveyor, a doorman, a roofer, and a knuckle-puller at a slaughterhouse. He was an avid reader, became a best-selling author and now reputed to be one of the world’s finest short story writers.

·      Lucy Rose Fischeearned a  Ph.D. in sociology and eventually focused on gerontology. She always loved art and, at 60, after her husband’s health scare, she quit being a sociologist and became an artist.

·      Ben Fountain was a lawyer who had taken some creative writing classes in college. His big writing success came with “Brief Encounters” which was eighteen years after he first sat down to write.

        Dr. Earl Briggs was always a doer and innovator. As a dentist, he did his own lab work from inlays to bridges to dentures. Now retired after 43 years, he enjoys painting and making jewelry.

·      Insider Artist Judith Scott was born with Down’s Syndrome and deaf. She was institutionalized at age 7 and, after 35 years, her fraternal twin sister, Joyce, gained legal guardianship. She spent her days at Creative Growth Art Center where she developed a unique talent for creating art that involved wrapping and binding diverse elements together. Although deceased, her work is in collections of major museums.

Everyone has the ability to be creative and, with courage and determination, a whole new part of your life can be launched!

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.


Sunday, May 31, 2015


                                        JUDITH AND GUS LEIBER
                               Married 70 years as of February 2016

Marriages are often difficult to sustain, long marriages are a triumph and long marriages where the spouses are both artists are an exceptional union. 

Artists have a reputation for being temperamental and difficult but they also come with a sharp focus and passion for the visual. I believe that their creative drive suffused with their thirst for art in all directions is the critical bond that artists have in common and that personal energy and commitment are what keeps a marital bond strong. Also since they share the profession of being an artist, there is a mutual interest and respect for each other's art that keeps their love alive year after year.

Here are couples who defy odds of the gravity of aging and the vicissitudes of love:

Judith and Gerson (Gus) Leiber:

Both Leibers are approximately 94 years old; she is a world renowned handbag designer and he is a modern expressionist painter.They met in Budapest when he was a GI after World War II and she was living with her family. Now married about 70 years, they are an extraordinary example of adoring love and devotion to each other.

Iris and Carl Apfel:

Iris is a self professed "geriatric starlet" and her fame and good fortune has grown tremendously in recent years. Iris, 93, and Carl, 101, met at a resort hotel in Lake George when they were young; their first date was on Columbus Day and they were married on Washington's birthday.He says it's been "one trip, beautiful trip”. Both were in the arts and launched Old World Weavers, a textile company for which they sourced and designed for globally to satisfy their famous clients.I would candidly estimate that they are married, extremely happily, for about 70 years.

Alice and Richard Maitzkin:

Now in their 70s and joint authors of the award winning book "The Art of Aging", they are both engaged in portraying art through the lens of the aging process. Married about 32 years, Alice is a portrait painter and he is a figurative sculptor using clay.They met at a friend's home, immediately became inseparable and months later were married in India.

Leona and Nelson Shanks:

Leonia was introduced to Nelson in 1984 by the then curators of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Married in 1989, they are both very active painters and in 2002 they co founded Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia which provides advanced instruction in classical realism painting. As realist painters and Studio Incamminati teachers, their daily lives are completely intertwined.

Susan Rothenberg and Bruce Nauman  

Also married since 1989, Susan is a contemporary painter and Bruce's work crosses a range of mediums including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking, and performance

Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb:
Aline and Robert met in 1971, they were married in 1973 and are happily ensconced in a large estate in the south of France. Robert, an underground comic artist is the originator of Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural and Devil Girl and says of Aline: “She was the first woman I met whose emotions didn’t scare me". With Aline, also a comic artist and the business woman behind their art, they have a daughter Sophie who is, yes, also a comic artist living in France. Aline and Robert have an open marriage that has given them freedom to maintain other spousal type relationships.

April Gornik and Eric Fischl 
They were two painters who met at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1975. Their first interaction was a flirtatious move with food by Fischl who now is a believer that “Art and food are intimately tied together.” Eric is known for his work as a painter, sculptor and print maker and April is a landscape painter. They enjoy healthful gourmet eating and frequently host dinner parties in their Sag Harbor home.

Yvonne and Joe Bobrowicz
Now married almost 65 years, they met at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she was studying textiles and he was working in design. Yvonne began her studies with traditional functional textiles and over the years her art evolved to etheral fiber pieces using monofilament. Joe worked in architecture as well as design and taught at the University of Pennsylvania. His seldom seen design work such as the jewelry he created for Yvonne is quite extraordinary.

Roberta and David Williamson –An early meeting as teenagers almost 50 years ago has catapulted to a successful joined career as artists. They create jewelry and sculpture and have uniquely adorned their home with their own work as well as other choice pieces of art and ephemera. They are both advocates of change and their home reflects their sense of continuous renewal.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Innovations for Treating Hearing Loss



  • About a third of 65 year olds consider themselves hearing impaired
  • Seventeen percent of Americans have irreversible hearing loss to some degree.
  • Of the 35 million Americans with hearing impairment, more than a half of them do not use hearing aids.
  • It is estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss
  • 30 minutes on the New York City subway can damage hearing because the noise levels from the trains reach as high as 106 decibels
Hearing is one of our five sensory organs which include sight, touch, taste and smell. Unfortunately, the loss of hearing can trigger isolation and depression because it limits interactivity.  Fortunately, in addition to scientific research and advances, the option of using sign language, developed in the 1600's, remains a universal tool for communication. Similar to the spoken language, in every country the sign language varies and so it is different all over the world. It is also used by people who can hear but cannot speak. 
Those of us who can hear and take it for granted may not realize all the ways that hearing engages and enriches our daily life. 

  • It facilitates communication at home, at work and socially.
  • It enables us to enjoy simple pleasures such as watching television, going to the movies, attending concerts or just talking on the phone with family and friends
  • It is an important sensory mechanism to have for emergency alerts such as car horns, fire drills so it can keep us safe.
Since there is such a large population of people suffering from hearing loss and it is a chronic condition that is ongoing especially in an aging population, scientists are actively working to provide solutions:
  • The most common cause of hearing loss is from the tiny hair cells (actually small cells with protein-filled protrusions) that lie inside our ear. We have about 30,000 hair cells that are responsible for transforming sound waves into nerve impulses for delivery to the brain. Scientists have established that they can now regenerate these cells in mammals and this repair will be able to significantly enhance hearing for many people.
  • 3D printing is a technology that has made remarkable progress in a very short time. Now scientists at Princeton University are combining "bio-printed organic materials" and electronics, to create an ear that can hear things beyond the range of a human ear. When it becomes available,  the bionic ear would function like a hearing aid.
  •   ReSound Linx is designed to work with an iphone, ipad or the android smart phone as well as the Apple watch. So it can wirelessly stream sound to your hearing aid that will also function as stereo headphones. As a feature of connectivity with your Apple device, you can also chat on facetime and enjoy the ability to hear the sound component. There are also benefits using this device without wireless technology such as situations where there is disturbing noise or whistling sounds.
  • With medical advances and the continuous technological research, those who are deaf may have new communication options to stay connected to the outside world. And with sign language, there will always be a way of learning and responding to what is being expressed.
  • In addition, with the wide spread use of texting on cellphones, hearing loss is not a disadvantage. The smart mobile phone has made it possible to engage with everyone else like everyone else. In this way, current universal technology has been a boon to the hard of hearing.    

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
-Helen Keller

“I just had a patient with two new cochlear implants; she was so grateful that she could distinguish the honks of individual geese as they flew overhead. That makes me realize: We often take our senses for granted, and it gives me a great appreciation for the importance of restoring hearing if we can.”
-Dr. Samuel Gubbels

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Sequins. Leather. Wool. Lace. Cotton. Ribbon. Linen. Engineered human tissue.....

Yes, Amy Congdon from the UK is just as much a hybrid personality as her decorative human tissue product. She utilizes her sensitivities and skills as both a designer and researcher to achieve an unusual element that is grown in the lab and can be tweaked for example to be water repellent or contain specific colors. You can apply it almost like a three dimensional tattoo but with a special eeriness to it. Amazing to see how it attaches and also suspends from part of the body and of course it is actually lab grown and designed tissue.

Out of the lab and into the gallery space, UK designer Anna Dumitriu, has been creating bioart based on looking for bacteria that exists (mostly innocuously) all around us.  "They are such a rich vein of artistic inspiration," she says. "Everywhere you look, there are bacteria and other microorganisms, even if you can't see them." (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-dyes-clothes-quilts-tuberculosis-and-staph-bacteria-180949511/?no-ist).  Her art examples include Bed and Chair Flora” which use bacteria images cultured initially from the object and then recreated in an elaborate collaborative crochet project based on transmission of  electron microscope images of bacteria from the artist’s own bed. There is also “Lab Coat Flora” which is a hand stitched white on white lab coat embroidered with images of the bacteria and molds that were cultured from it and “Cutlery Flora” that is a set of knives, forks and spoons which are laser engraved with images of the bacteria that Dumitriu cultured from clean cutlery in her kitchen drawer.

And now for fashion. 

Roger Freeman uses microscopic designs printed from deadly diseases for his unique ties. His business, Infectious Awareables has customers excited about buying prints with the deadly anthrax although other options include scarves for the women with an ebola print, heart health or other unusual pattern replications. Each product comes with a note explaining the pathology of the microbe which it makes it even more intereting. Roger, a retired dentist, started this business after he was gifted a herpes tie and now 15 years later he has merged with Wild Attire, inc.

How about custom fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap? At Spoonflower, you can select from a multitude of microbial patterns, decide on the coloration and then choose your product. There are variations within each product group so the customization process is excellent.

There is so much around us that is not visible and yet incredibly beautiful from a design perspective.

Enjoy considering the possibilities.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Ecologial Shoe: Creative Innovations

It’s ironic. We spend money on great new shoes and then with this new fashion investment, we scrub the bottoms against pavement, grass, gravel and elements such as water and snow. Eventually they wear out, go to shoe heaven in a landfill and are replaced by another pair. 

But times are changing. Slowly. Enter the first wave of ecological shoe design.

OAT shoes are revolutionary because they are not destined to the landfill. They make the “world’s first biodegradable sneakers that grow flowers when you plant them”. Also they developed the “first biodegradable leather shoes, bags that grow sunflowers and even baby shoes with seeds to grow your baby’s Tree of Life.” Started in Amsterdam and launched in 2011, The Company quickly earned the prestigious Green Fashion Competition prize.

The most wildly inventive shoes were designed by Naim Josefi using a 3D printer. They are a couture high heeled shoe and are fashioned to have no material waste. They are made from homogenous material that are easier to recycle and therefore can create a “closed loop”. The futuristic vision is for the shoe buyer to have her/his foot scanned and have a new pair reprinted.

Used rubber tires make excellent long lasting soles. In Ethiopia, Sole Rebels collects them to hand cut each one individually for a good fitting sole. The shoe covering consists of organic materials such as cotton, jute or plant fiber. And you can make your own sandals using old rubber tires with instructions from Hollowtop. The designer, Thomas J. Elpel, is a rugged naturalist who went through numerous iterations to arrive at a process that works and generously provides a detailed approach. He reflects: “It has always amazed me that tire companies can manufacture a tire and warranty the tread for some 50,000 miles, yet I can wear out the sole on any ordinary shoe in less than a year. How come we cannot buy a shoe with a 50,000 mile warranty?” 

Simple Shoes uses rubber tires and much more to build their unique line of recycled shoes. That includes recycled Plastic, recycled carpet padding, recycled car tires, natural crepe rubber, eco-certified leather and suede, recycled inner tubes and much more.

At Groundhog Shoes, they manufacture their footwear with completely natural materials such as bamboo charcoal, crepe rubber, natural cork, coconut shells, wood and tree resin, and naturally tanned leather. And finally the footwear is provided in biodegradable bags.
With inspiration from the jambu tree, Jambu creates shoes made with partially recycled and re-usable compressed rubber outsoles with packaging that is recycled, recyclable and re-usable. They have developed a partnership with American Forests to plant 50,000 trees in 2014.

So where is the initiative to recycle old shoes?

Not easy because there are so many different components in so many different shoes. However as a result of a 10 year research project at Loughborough University in their Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre, scientists announced that they have designed "the world’s first comprehensive system for separating and recovering useful materials from old footwear.". They are sorted, shredded, and granulated in to fragments which are then sorted according to materials and go thru three robust physical processes.

Shopping for shoes can be an expedition beyond design, fit and price, you now have more awareness of the impact of your footwear in your environment.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Walking Cane: Creative Innovations

Walking is healthy. We take it for granted and do not consider the inherent benefit that it provides of mobility and independence. However as we age, we may require extra support to walk and to stabilize our steps from one point to another. A cane is the simple solution and until recently has been just a classic candy cane form with the choice of material and color as the only option in design. But fortunately new designs are now on the market that provide more possibilities for a mobile life.

An important feature of a contemporary cane is its design to standalone. With this function, there are no worries about the cane falling down, sliding off chair backs, or forgetting where you put it. A good example is Tru-Motion Sur-Step because it has a stable standalone function and a padded flat foot base that provides traction. Designed by a team of engineers and physical therapists, it provides security and convenience for the user.

For travel, there are many companies who manufacture the cane that folds in three sections. Although most are constructed as a classic cane, there are some which have a base for the standalone function. The Hurrycane is designed for free standing and pivoting on its base as well.

Although the StrongArm Walking Cane cannot stand alone, it does offer an important support benefit for people who need extra support. It is designed with a curve on its upper part to support the arm in a brace like effect. This design offers extra help for those with balance concerns and who could not easily lift themselves up to reach for a standard cane.

The stiff straight cane has been an important tool for the blind as they extend it outward to avoid any physical elements that might impede their walking. Now there is the SmartCane and the more expensive UltraCane that have been designed with ultra sound technology to help mobilize blind people. “As people move the cane from left to right when they walk, vibrations detected on one side mean they should move towards the other" says Balakrishnan who heads the team behind the "SmartCaneTM..

Enter the home walking cane design revolution.

Italian-Singaporean designers Lanzavecchia + Wai have designed a beautiful and functional collection of canes for the elderly that are styled with home domestic function. Together Canes - T-Cane, U-Cane and I-Cane – are all for home living and not just mobility because they serve multiple functions. They are part of a series called No Country For Old Men. Each piece is designed as a support cane and also as a carrier of something: a tray, a basket, a smartphone platform.

Our physical independence is tied to our emotional well being. Fortunately there are more products on the market than ever before that can offer mobility support that are tailored to our needs. It is not unusual for someone to have multiple canes; one for outside walks, one for traveling and one or more of the new fabulous domestic style canes from Lanzavecchia + Wai. While we are all aging, we can appreciate the choices now in choosing canes that will support our bodies safely and make our lives so much more comfortable.