During the summer 2014, my partner of the spirit of play Marta and me were invited by the Jönköpings kommun to be guest artists in Smedbyn. The project was about investigating play opportunities and providing creative sections for children.

 

Smedbyn is a craft area with long tradition of craftmanship back to the 17th century. However, nowadays, it lacks facility and space for children, as well as gives the sense of emptiness of the public space. 

 

The result was a map of Smedbyn and craft guide in one, which intended to provide self-directed play opportunity. The guide includes a brief background of the area, a short story - developed by us and kindergarten children and suggestions of simple craft activities.

SMEDBYN local guide for children

a more playful and child friendly envirnonment proposal to Smedbyn

Story telling and identities workshops

 

In the materials corner, there are materials collected from the nearby narture, included straws, woods, stones, nuts, etc...and random scrap materials, like plastic caps and paper.

Visitors either inspired by the material itself or the ready made craft objects in the working space.

Creating a story about a cat who lives in Smedbyn for long time with children from a local kindergarten.

Installed little creatures in the garden 

Visitors either inspired by the material itself or the ready made craft objects in the working space.

Added more playsble artifacts in the outdoor environment, which suggested activities from drawing, storying telling and climbing.

Play environment