Workshops / Research
In order to repect people’s own wills, the tasks were based on the situations and people preferences in place and time.
Creative workshops and play are easy way for communication but also to break the ice. In the learing discussion, we found out practical skill from making stuff to builing houses are more important for the children; in the map drawing section, the children paid extra attaction on the farms/woods areas, we found out plants are so insprired for their daily life.
We analysed after each workshops, and finalised the weaving technique teaching section for them to make either play things, handy tools or big structures.
With using of local materials, we thought of applying participatory craft activities to foster playfulness in daily life situations.
The craft activities are not the final solution, but a self-help process for the locals to develop their own solution.
After we weave some 'basket-like' forms, children started to interact with them and apply the way they like to use it. Some used them as a container for kitten, or carried as a hurting tool bags, and even turn it upside down as a hat or animal face mask.
The Spirit of Play
an on going play and craft learning project for low income children http://thespiritofplay.tumblr.com/
The spirit of play is both a character and a guide book. It’s a result of a 5weeks field project in the Narikuravara Community in Puducherry, South India together with Marta Woszczyna. We cooperated with a local NGO, Samugam.
The project involved practical workshops with local children (adults and volunteers). In order to give solution to self and peer learning activities possibilities for local children, and integrated it with play.
As inspiring examples
The crafting guide can be used as an additional learning activities to existing educational program. At the same time, could also be a humanistic approach for NGOs to open up the discussions on certain local issues (e.g tradition, needs, hygiene, public space ownership, vocational skill practice...etc).
The project is currently under development, and looking for organisation for implementation.