Shona and I are running a series of workshops with a group of women in Glasgow, in conjunction with the Village Story Telling Centre and Clydebank Womens Aid funded by Women’s Fund for Scotland. The workshop series explores Stories of Shelter and in the last two weeks of workshops we made our final models:
‘The final two sessions focused on participants using all they have learned in the previous sessions to build their final models. As we worked we talked about the traditional story Rapunzel and together we told the versions we knew and discussed the themes in it, particularly, how imprisonment can sometimes be mistaken as shelter, or shelter can be corrupted and manipulated into something else.’
Huge thank you to Iona, who stepped in on the penultimate week when I was out of the country. They spent the first half of the session finishing designs and even creating some quick new ones. And spent the second have admiring the work they had made and discussing the future.
Final session, we created a celebratory atmosphere with party food, music and good vibes. In an exhibition format, we laid out our visual plans and all of the work we had moved through from the first session. It was an impressive collaborative body of work. Great session, very moving and a huge highlight of the whole project came when one lady, who had been unable to contribute to the making in the penultimate week due to arthritis in her hands, came with a highly detailed shelter, evoking a woodland tower.
Participants children came to see the work we had made, it was very sweet and they were extremely complimentary. We sent the children off with packs of materials to make their own models which they accepted enthusiastically.
This has been a really successful series of workshops. We explored Shelter and the different meanings and connotations it can have to each individual, and the importance of Shelter, particularly for women. We hope to be able to continue our work with the Womens Fund for Scotland in realising a build structure that allows us to teach women basic constructions skills and collaborate design.
For more information on the work that the Women’s Refuge do, please visit their website.
Shona and I are running a series of workshops with a group of women in Glasgow, in conjunction with the Village Story Telling Centre and Clydebank Womens Aid funded by Women’s Fund for Scotland. The workshop series explores Stories of Shelter and in this weeks workshop we made some sketch models:
“This week The ladies were asked to make five sketch models in 25 minutes, with whatever materials they felt like using. They were encouraged to make, to not over think, and to combine the last three workshops into producing shapes, and shelters, and sculptures that were subconsciously reflecting all that they had learnt in the first three workshops, about scale and massing, light and shadow, and spatial planning and architectural sections.”
This is the result - a wonderful collection of sketch models, that will be drawn on to produce a more refined shelter design in next weeks workshop.
Shona and I are running a series of workshops with a group of women in Glasgow, in conjunction with the Village Story Telling Centre and Clydebank Womens Aid funded by Women’s Fund for Scotland. The workshop series explores Stories of Shelter and in this weeks workshop we explored Scale & Massing:
‘In this session we explored space and scale. We started by doing some physical exercises exploring our bodies in relation to the space. We did den building and told a story inside the structure we made. We then moved on to learning about architectural ‘Sections’ and designed a fictional ideal shelter space. ”I sit awake at night planning this stuff, my dream house.” - one participant commented on her dream shelter’
This workshop explored how we affect space with our bodies, how to make your space your own, and what different levels of space mean to different people. The ladies were shown how to create architectural sections, and asked to draw a place where they felt safe and secure, and sheltered. The spaces ranged in size, complexity and in general arrangement. It was fantastic to see such a variation of what a home/shelter means to an individual.
Take a look at the sketch sections the ladies produced. They only had half an hour to sketch. No pencils, no practice, just straight in with the pens and ideas. They were building on their previous session of looking at how light and shadow would affect the space as well, and they learned how to relay information through an architectural section. We will build on these later in the sessions.
Shona and I are running a series of workshops with a group of women in Glasgow, in conjunction with the Village Story Telling Centre and Womens Aid. The workshop series explores Stories of Shelter and in this weeks workshop we explored Light & Shadow:
'In the first session the participants were introduced to and independently experimented with light and shade. They did this first from a structural design perspective by creating model boxes and practically experimenting with the effects of light and shade. Then we considered light and shade in emotional and metaphorical contexts by adapting their box’s to be the symbolic setting of a story with a central female protagonist positioned within. At the end of the session a participant remarked, "We started making boxes, it ended up being about life."'
We made simple boxes, cutting out apertures, shapes, adding texture and colour to explore what effect light and shadow had on the space. This led to discussions about how the space made us feel, was it secure, relaxing, open, shrine like, calming? How does light and shadow affect your Shelter, what does it mean to have four walls and a roof?
Take a look at the end results. An absolutely gorgeous set of models, all with completely different qualities. How would you feel in these spaces? Feel free to comment below.
This Autumn I'm very much looking forward to working with Shona Cowie from The Village Story Telling Centre to run a series of architectural model making workshops for Womens Aid surrounding the topic of SHELTER.
We'll be working with a select group of around 10 women from a local Women's Aid collective which provides information, support and refuge, if needed, for women, children & young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
We'll be exploring themes of Scale & Massing; Light & Shadow; Spatial Awareness; and Sound to discover the stories of SHELTER resulting in a series of architectural models that deliver a range of alternative spaces which incorporate powerful stories and promote awareness of the topic within the local community.
Our intention is to advance this project a stage further with another group in building a structure that can be displayed publicly to highlight and promote the Stories of Shelter.