In a meeting today with artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring we looked at the work they are currently undertaking and where emphasis lies in their current approach. ‘We are focusing on our activities within the workshops and how we … Continue reading Fleeting moments within Collaborative Environments
Here are some of the artists who are working on collaborative environments. This ideas team involves bringing in new artists to work with artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring. Both have years of knowledge and experience of working with … Continue reading Artists working on Collaborative Environments
I (Aldridge) have been thinking a lot about what direction to take the work we are doing in. I’ve been thinking a lot about the sensorial and experiential in sculptural practice lately, in relation to my own work, a teaching … Continue reading Relational Objects
Staff at cherry road brainstorm for the artlink room: Interactive environment James Morrow/Sonos Costumes Projectors/Planetarium Interesting/ stimulating smells Bubble machine Velcro walls weightlessness seasonal affected disorder Colour therapy lights trampoline levels hammock control heat/cold Mylife tech smart board wind machine … Continue reading We asked care staff what sorts of environment the people they worked with needed..and their answers were….
Laura Spring: I believe Artlink has a huge benefit to the individuals we work with because of it’s unique approach. Working intimately over long periods of time to establish relationships is rare in a workshop environment but completely necessary when … Continue reading Artist Laura Spring on her Artlink practice
Artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring invite artists and designers to re-think day centre environments as theatrical/carnival/fairground spaces, looking at colour pattern, the design of a room from the perspective of someone with profound learning disabilities. This project is all … Continue reading The Project – Collaborative Environments
Laura Spring: I believe Artlink has a huge benefit to the individuals we work with because of it’s unique approach. Working intimately over long periods of time to establish relationships is rare in a workshop environment but completely necessary when working with people with profound learning disabilities. You learn about someone in an unconventional way as exchange and communication is often through other means other than spoken word, so the slightest gesture can become of great significance. It is often about working instinctively and Artlink allows for the time and space for this to develop that isn’t always … Continue reading Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff
Laura Aldridge : The biggest thrill from the work I do with Artlink is that it gives agency to individuals who through physical and mental difficulties, quite often don’t have any – choice is just something that falls away from their daily lives. In our sensory workshop sessions, we try and make the people we are working active – enabling them to chose what they work with and how – if they are unable to communicate in traditional ways, we look for other ways to have conversations with them, and the staff that work to support them. its like we … Continue reading What is the impact on the individual, care staff & the environment you work in?
LAURA SPRING: Artlink has brought so many beneficial elements to my work and myself as a person over the seven years I have worked for them. Many of these I never expected and I think says a lot about the unique approach Artlink has to working with people. Freedom, room for experimentation, meeting and working with other artists, working in unexpected ways in unexpected situations are just a few. Artlink has constantly challenged my ways of working and thinking, encouraging my creativity to grow in new ways – not to just focus on textiles and print design. It has … Continue reading What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?
LAURA ALDRIDGE: It has enabled me to work in a way to fits my ideas and thinking – i struggled for years as an art student, unable to make work that spoke or sang even. Its made me free in the way that I approach art making – I think, when making art, so much of it is about allowing yourself, space and time to let ideas develop and flourish. Artlink has encouraged and nurtured this in my practice, as it is a fundamental way in how we work with people – that we provide the space and … Continue reading What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?
Fiona weaves. The fact that she is so interested in this is the perfect starting point for working with her. If she can create something as complex as the weaving in these images, then what can she do if she … Continue reading Fiona’s Weaving – the foundation for future work
In Laura Aldridge and Laura Springs workshops, the artists use materials to enable alternative ways of communicating through light, sound, colour and touch. This involves making accessories that are visual, tactile and functional. Each toy/accessory is designed around a particular individual. Some reflect light, make a noise, hide obhpjects and others feel comforting. Continue reading Sensory ‘toys’ made to encourage participation
It looks like time and patience (and the exhibition) have paid off. The staff are weaving with Fiona. Laura Spring and Laura Aldridge are giving staff and Fiona the materials and the frame to weave. She is doing it in her own time! Look what’s happening as a result! Continue reading Weaving staff involvement
Individuals are immersed in multi sensory environments, designed around their specific interest. By working in this way the person gains a new experience. Equally, the more the artist learns about the person then the more imaginative the experiences become. Continue reading Laura Spring & Laura Aldridge sensory workshops
http://www.litill.com/ Could we create a world in a bottle, which catches the light and allows patterns to dance around the room? The terrarium triggers point to other potential ideas. What if we placed something inside the terrarium which catches the light and reflects its patterns around the room. Does anyone have any information on projects or artworks which can create these optical illusions? Continue reading Terrariums