In this workshop we explored without our sight, and created stories and drawings based on what we smelt, felt or heard.
There was a selection of smells, which included – fresh ginger, coffee, hops, star anise, lemon grass, vanilla, fresh cinnamon and coconut; selection of hidden objects in canvas bags, which included – fluffy, soft, hard, prickly, squigdy, warm, cold, smooth and rough; and sound effects playing in the room, which included – cities, seaside, farms, animal safari, rain and thunder, forest and nature, restaurant chatter, airports and countryside.
The participants first closed their eyes and smelt the aromas, felt the objects and listened to the soundtracks. Then inspired by this, they drew a picture or created a story. It was great to see the participants, of all ages taking part and finding stories which provoked memories and conversation. Baking was a popular one, with some children requesting they make cakes when they get home.
This is a selection of photos from this workshop.
Photos by Mat Dale