The Ugly Sisters - Mixed Media - 2018
This puppet was created for the 2018 Hijinx Theatre Company's Christmas production of 'Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms' Wood' at the Wales Millennium Centre. It was my first experience of being a part of a community arts project while studying Creative and Therapeutic Arts at the University of South Wales. It was in collaboration with the theatre company, fellow students from USW and pupils from the Marion Centre at the Bishop of Llandaff High School in Cardiff.
Using creative art workshops to enable the Marion Centre pupils to inform the design of the puppet, which they named Anastasia Drizella, encouraged their creative expression, group interaction and communication. With the pupils' imaginative input Anastasia Drizella danced the "Floss", smelled of roses and carried a kangaroo wherever she went, and in the hands of the hugely talented Hijinx actors she gave a sparkling performance that delighted everyone involved.
As the puppet project demonstrated, community arts can help to build resilience and social cohesion, while improving personal wellbeing. Broadening my range of art skills has been a crucial part of my Creative and Therapeutic Arts training, and I am now able to confidently offer a wide range of art techniques and creative opportunities for my participants to explore. The principles of Universal Design underpin all my workshops, supporting individuals to find their own creative voices, at their own pace, within a nurturing group of fellow artists.
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