This is from years ago, but have finally uploaded it onto YouTube from my ancient laptop. This short animation was a happy accident. My camera had been put onto burst mode. When I uploaded all the pictures onto my computer and flicked through them they played like a little animation. I was really excited by this and so put them into imovie and played around with it. I taught myself the basics through trial and error and was really happy with the results of my first attempt but as you can see never quite finished it hence the abrupt ending!
I was in Norwich today working with Mandy Roberts on the Spontaneous Communities project. Numbers have been very low previously, so we were a bit worried before the session started that we might be there by ourselves! But we had our most yet! 5 families came and joined us for music, play, exploration and creativity.
The fairly drab room was transformed into a magical woodland with sticks and branches, an OHP for shadow play and a huge pile of dried leaves in the middle. Things were hidden, leaves were thrown, trees were created and decorated. It was magic. There will be photos to follow and a link to the blog entry for "Spontaneous Communities."
Had a really exciting morning yesterday running the Mini Studio at the Sainsbury Centre (SCVA) in Norwich. I wanted to create a magical, playful space for under 5s to come into to explore, play and create. I started the session of with some songs and some giggling and then let the 20 or so under 5 yr olds loose in the education room of the SCVA. As the morning progressed it became apparent that we would need to go on some sort of procession as a celebration and an ending to the session. So, me armed with my ukulele and the shakey eggs passed around, the children and parents gathered with their objects they had created and we paraded and sang our way through the SCVA and out into the autumn sunshine.
I am loving doing this sort of work and Mini- studio is such a great platform to experiment with new ideas partly because the participants are all really open minded and willing to give things a go. These sort of experiential sessions are really inspired by Charlotte Arculus and the Theatre of Adventure. I went on some training run by Charlotte about a year ago and my workshops have never really been the same since!
Here is the next instalment from the Spontaneous Communities blog. This project is ongoing work with Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Bowthorpe and West Norwich Sure Start. I am really happy to be working in collaboration with the artist Mandy Roberts on this, two brains are so much better than one!