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 work with particular individuals. through the materials we use and the experiences we have we... Continue Reading →
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 people with profound learning disabilities and have developed a particular practice which uses the arts... Continue Reading →
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 project I am doing and of course the Sensory workshop. How to do we make... Continue Reading →
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 maze - inflatable theatre stage liquid mirror climbing frame water bed mirrored wall distorted Mirror... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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,... Continue Reading →
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 is given other materials to work with? What can she do if we give her... Continue Reading →
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.
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!
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.
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... Continue Reading →