Monday, September 02, 2013

The Den

I was asked by theatre maker Jen Edgar to help her refresh the Sensory Room in Calderside Nursery, South Lanrakshire, where Jen was doing a residency in 2012-2013. It was a great experience, a very interesting project involving lots of den making, mocking up environments for the kids to try out, trying to understand what they made of it, and then wrestling with lots of fabric, an overactive heating system, and a little electronics to make the finished sensory room: The Den. The result is a much more welcoming and curiosity piqueing room, with a custom sound track by Scott Twynholm, and a big button that the babies can press to trigger sounds themselves on the immersive sound system. Lots of sewing and laser etched signs from me, as well as building some furniture and specifying electronics, on a very tight budget.

Here's the team, me failing to look at the camera.

Above photos by Neil Thomas Douglas

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