Stories to Wear // Sanctuary
Stories to Wear // Sanctuary is a story led investigation into stories of sanctuary found in the natural world. It culminates in an immersive multi sensory journey that will connect small groups of people with stories of sanctuary through a pop up interactive experience. It is currently an unknown, but will be something along the lines of an interworn gartent (half garment half tent) and a hands on meadow flower planting practices. This project is funded by the Arts Council, and last week I found out that GROW WILD have also awarded funds to the project. Good news. Heres a dress tent, an installation by artist Robin Lasser.
This week sees the confirmation of dates with a range of tour partners, including the Tagore Festival, Bristol green week and St Werburghs Farm. Full list of dates and booking options to follow soon! The tour will take place between June – October 2014, and will primarily focus on bringing pop up stories of Sactuary to towns accross the South West. It has also been a week of coordinating interviews with a range of single mothers, elderly people and the wider public. These interviews are to gather stories of sancutary and ideas surrounding sanctuary and nature, from a diverse group of community voices. Interviews start this weekend and will continue until 1st April. All interviews will be uploaded to soundcloud, and then used to create live soundscape, played within the interworn gartent.
The next few weeks are dedicated to envisioning a basic sensory landscape, that will form the basis of the interactive stories to wear // sanctuary installation. Part of the process is about responding to themes and specific stories that emerge through the interviewing process. However, there is also a tone and architectural / planting element that will accommodate the stories that will be embedded on the fabric and play through the whole space. I have started to pull together some collages in my sketchbook, which is a starting point for developing a mood and tone that will create an ambience within the inter worn gartent, afew images are below.