Treasure in the forest: a sensory story

Telling the sensory story at Woodside in Bristol
The sensory story at Woodside in Bristol

‘In our forest, everyone can reach out and touch their dreams.’  Artist Jenny Langley and storyteller Marion Leeper worked along SENSE families and staff in six different areas of the country to make a multi-sensory piece of textile art, the Forest of Dreams.

The project started with a story! We used a sensory version of a traditional story to help us start thinking about our own dreams. We enjoyed it so much we repeated it at every session. The story is easy to recreate: the sensory props are mostly common everyday objects. Here is the text devised by Marion Leeper. Continue reading “Treasure in the forest: a sensory story”

Bring your dreams to life

‘In our forest, everyone can reach out and touch their dreams.’ This summer, artist Jenny Langley and storyteller Marion Leeper have been working along SENSE families and staff in six different areas of the country to make a multi-sensory piece of textile art, the Forest of Dreams. Our workshop days were full of laughter, chat, and mountains of fabric everywhere. There were many different activities as we made artwork top put in the final ‘Forest of Dreams’.  The work of children, parents, and staff sat alongside Jenny’s professional artwork, all valued equally.

Sean sewing
I thought I couldn’t sew…
... but look what I've done!
… but look what I’ve done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the activities that were particularly fun and easy to do: perhaps you could make your own textile ‘dream’ at home. Continue reading “Bring your dreams to life”

Filling a forest with dreams

‘In our forest, everyone can reach out and touch their dreams.’

This summer, artist Jenny Langley and storyteller Marion

Leeper have been working alongside SENSE families around the country to make a multi-sensory piece of textile art, the Forest of Dreams.

I want to drive for Britain in the Grand Prix’
I want to drive for Britain in the Grand Prix’

As part of the project, we talked about different kinds of ‘dream’: it could be a dream day we had enjoyed, or would like to do one day. Children told us what they wanted to do when they grew up.  They had some ambitious ideas!

 

We wrote our dreams on fabric leaves which became part of the forest.

As textile artist for the project, Jenny writes, I went home and turned those dreams into something real, so that the children could, indeed, touch their dreams.

Geordie would make a terrific shelf-stacker
Geordie would make a terrific shelf-stacker
'I hope my daughter gets married one day’
‘I hope she gets married one day’

Continue reading “Filling a forest with dreams”

The Forest of Dreams: beginning a new project

Sample textile fronds from the Forest of Dreams
Sample textile fronds from the Forest of Dreams

In our Forest, everyone can reach out and touch their dreams: ‘I hope she always has people around her that care for her.’ ‘I want to travel with Doctor Who and meet a Dalek.’ ‘I hope my boys will take their own path in life.’

Thomas enjoys the hanging that represents his dream: 'space to be myself'
Thomas enjoys the hanging that represents his dream: ‘space to be myself’

Jenny and Marion, the Forest of Dreams team, were invited to make a multi-sensory textile piece of art, working with Sense families and staff across six different areas of the country.  It was the beginning of a great journey of encounter, fun, and lots of messy play with fabric.  These oldblog posts will chart our great adventures in the Forest of Dreams. Continue reading “The Forest of Dreams: beginning a new project”