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Song Room Teaching Artists Keira and Rachel were singing rhymes to Westfield Park Primary School students, using specially made story dolls to help students understand local culture through stories. The story dolls were created as part of our Deadly Arts programs and were very popular with the young students! Find out more about The Song Room at songroom.org.au 📚 #ArtsLearning #songroom #teachingartist #westfieldpark #westfieldparkprimaryschool #education #DeadlyArts
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Feels the pain more,
Can’t see for darkness,
Can’t move for fear
Cannot find self when you are near
Two sides, two faces
Split in two
This is what you take me for
Soul burns and spits a flame
Strike’s herself alight again
And licks sub-rosa wounds
Purring into eternity
Found these bits of black tat while walking in bushland. At first, I thought the flapping old umbrella fabric was a wardong (Noongar word for crow) at the foot of an old tree.
This is a quick craft make to create a bird strong enough to display and flexible enough to animate.
I picked up the rubbish, bit of black plastic and couldnt resist modelling a black bird, just using the shape of the material to give impression of wings.
Just a tie to form tail feathers, a scrunched up paper bag to stuff , bit of back gaffa tape for beak and a few dots of glue gun to hold shape.
I love the animism in found objects and materials, seeing from our imagination, creating from detritus.
Finishing off with an old button eye, nothing cut off except white umbrella label. Using an old crows nest ive had for ages, blown out of a tree, for its display and ready for a story or rhyme
Crow is an ancient omen of change, magical meaning and transformation
As the sun sets
Melting into the ocean
She teases the breeze, kisses the waves
Succumbs to the sudden rush as arms reach from the flumes of salty spray
Swallowed by swollen lips of Neptunes sea
Fire and water, she sizzles and bathes golden sparks in his dark
Rejoice with me in this moment
Together as one in Celestial rotation
We move space and time
And stay in this universal embrace
Like the earth
I cannot escape
Drowning in you
My light shines through and I am something else entirely new
Hot watery love,
Merging on the Horizon
I awake to kiss you once again at dawn
‘The Greek name for a butterfly is Psyche, and the same word means the soul. There is no illustration of the immortality of the soul so striking and beautiful as the butterfly, bursting on brilliant wings from the tomb in which it has lain, after a dull. grovelling,caterpillar existence, to flutter in the blaze of day and feed on the most fragrant and delicate productions of spring. Psyche, then. is the human soul, which is purified by sufferings and misfortunes, and is thus prepared for the enjoyment of true and pure happiness.’ – Bullfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable
Soul is part of love,of desire to grow and is a tangible force in our life journeys, and ‘animates’ our very beings.
Soul speaks to us in our dreaming, in our relationships and in our connection with nature.
Soul is our connection to spirit, to each other and to the earth that feeds us.
Our lives, our planet and our future are all connected.
Healing, transforming, changing
‘and it all starts with stillness’
A new childrens play kit for imaginative storytelling and rhymes, made with under 5’s, totally inspired by traditional Noongar dolls made by the wonderful textile artist Marcelle Riley. These are for playing with themes for early years about home, country, family and culture in a development towards a new performance and workshop programme for young children and their families.
This diorama of Stravinskys ‘A Soldiers Tale’ is from a set model made for my Ad.Diploma in Puppetry at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London in 1993!
The tiny puppets are of the soldier – a rod puppet and devil – a marionette or string puppet
22 × 15cm mixed media – vintage paper, clay, wood
This is an interesting way to display precious minature objects. The frame or shadow box was from Ikea