This is what Charlotte K Arculus, of Magic Adventure fame, wrote about my Towers workshop, which she took part in last year. Charlotte has had a massive influence on my work and continues to do so !
" Fox’s Boxes (my term) was a workshop session run by Sophie Fox. It is a piece she has developed for running with family groups. In short, as a group, we built a very large tower together but this risks ignoring the process over the outcome (even though the tower was really, really beautiful). Sophie took us through several exercises and games in order to prepare us for the big task. The group I was in was very large - about 15 people – and what was particularly outstanding is the sense of complicité I felt towards my fellow group members by the end of the session – something I would have previously thought could only be accomplished through group music making and drama exercises – but of course is was musical – it was visual art music! The tower worked on macro and micro levels with some people working on the large structure and overview while others created tiny environments with small toys and others worked on decoration and mark making. This of course is how it would work with parents and very small children together. The tower build was improvised and undirected – which pays testament to Ms Fox’s skills as a facilitator, able to trust in the process she has set up. There will be photos on Earlyarts website – they won’t do justice to the three dimensional space we created together."
Some close ups of an enormous group painting that happened in Lowestoft the other day with children and their carers. It was amazing fun and the whole piece is stunning. We also made a little "istopmotion" time lapse movie of its creation which I will post up here soon.