In a fast and high tech world Sense of Self is a beautiful low-tech, hand-crafted sensory art installation designed for families with children on the Autistic Spectrum. Allowing these families some respite at large events, it also successfully soothes and nourishes a far broader audience. Sense of Self invites audiences to explore and be held in this colourful hand-crafted space made from materials including yarn, recycled fabrics and found elements. With a focus on the five senses it allows a unique exploration guided by the initiator. 

In 2018, Sara collaborated with six secondary schools in a highly successful nest building project that was held within Sense of Self. Teaching students to stitch and gather their own recycled materials and being part of a larger public work put wind under their budding wings.

This work is an evolving curation, unfolding within the varying spaces at each event.  

Click here to read about the latest curation of this project at Maroondah Festival  

 

“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….a 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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