We asked care staff what sorts of environment the people they worked with needed..and their answers were….

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….

Artist Laura Spring on her Artlink practice

 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

The Project – Collaborative Environments

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

Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff 

   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 

What is the impact on the individual, care staff & the environment you work in? 

  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? 

What has working with Artlink brought to your practice? 

   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? 

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? 

Sensory ‘toys’ made to encourage participation

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

Terrariums

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