Designed in consultation with Access Ability Australia, Sense of Self offers carers and families of children with additional needs an inclusive place to explore and relax together at large events. It is a magical place for taking a breather, playfully and creatively prompting its audience to ‘activate’ their senses in dynamic and unforeseen ways. Sense of Self is an immersive Art experience and chill zone all in one.

Developed in response to the need for inclusivity at public events, everything in this unique sensory installation is mindfully created and placed so that all children, especially those on the Autism spectrum, can engage in play feeling safe and held.

This work is an evolving curation, unfolding within the varying spaces at each event, from indoor theatrical spaces to outdoor Sensory Gardens. 

It now has a 'Little Sister' installation used for pop-up events and smaller festivals.  

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“In a world of underlying disconnection and loneliness, I’m passionate about art that connects and elevates the richness and resilience of the human spirit.”

A delightful Rookery of hand-stitched Sunbird nests activating a public space with powerful symbols of resilience and Love, this is a workshop based project with community and school groups.

 

Tapping into diverse and extraordinary stories, that focus on human resilience… We work with recycled materials, gathering and choosing elements that reflect this. Recording and sharing the human stories (audio, video, book of letters…) is a magical addition to this project creating further connection, dialogue and possible healing opportunities for both participant and viewer.

 

Losing my husband four years ago, took me on an enriching personal journey, seeking a return to my ‘sense of home’ and inner joy. The form of this work sees a natural revisitation to my childhood soothers of making, textile and stitchery.

 

I find sharing openly with those who have also experienced challenge and upheaval creates deep resonance and the sense of connection that comes with shared human experience. 

A softer version of this theme with teenagers has shown highly successful outcomes, showing that this beautiful project can flexibly meet the needs of various community groups. 

 

The Imaginarium is a sensory art installation looking at Extinction. It was created for Stringybark sustainability festival in Melbourne’s outer East in 2018. Within the framework of Sara's interactive recycled extinct creatures was work from three secondary student art groups. Following her creative process for their unique designs allowed for mindfulness and recycled materials to be a strong focus for the students. The ancient firefly grotto, a collaboration with young families at Stud Park shopping centre, was also included in this installation.

 

BRING MY INSTALLATIONS TO YOU

Looking for a magical immersive sensory installation to add to your next event, festival or into a permanent space?

Whether it's the curation of existing pieces of Sara's work into your specific site or a set of beautiful new permanent pieces for a uniquely creative sensory room, Sara is happy to chat about it with you and quote on your scenario.

 

I love to add in tailored site responsive features that allow your unique community to connect, create and be curious….Imagine a live mural painting aspect surrounding the curated space where audience members can lay on bean bags and witness my evolving painting or smock up and participate in the coming to life of one of my brilliant creation...or it could be a magical nest making workshop, a night viewing with blacklight torches and popcorn, a pom-pom making workshop, family made firefly grotto or live story/music.

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