Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my lovely followers! It has been a hectic but mostly happy year for me. Here are some drawings inspired by the season that I’ve been working on. Next year my hope is to share on this blog more often. Please note that this site is now ‘imogen-creates.com‘. I changed it because over the last year I have branched out into other art forms hence why my old site name didn’t really fit anymore.
Anywho, I hope 2017 brings you good things.
Below are my thoughts on the final exhibition at Hearing Voices DU. I wrote about it on my mental health blog though you can read the post below. The whole experience has been amazing.
Last week I was over the moon to see the ‘Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration and the Everyday’ effort myself. I have blogged before about how myself and a group of other young voice hearers created art to be displayed. In absolute honesty I was expecting hushed rooms and many glass cases; maybe with undertones of pity for us voice hearers. I was pleasantly surprised to find colour and sound and passion. Yes: it actually makes voices appear as just a part of life that some of us happen to experience. In the exhibition is tons of information and even areas where you can stand on a carpet to hear a simulation of what it is like to have voices in your head. My wonderful Learning Support Practitioner, K, managed to see the exhibition while in Durham on holiday. She said: “it makes hearing voices seem like just a part of…
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I was lucky enough to work with Tang Hall Smart this summer and I recorded one of my poems professionally for the first time. Many thanks to Jack Keegan on guitar.
I’ve blogged already about the ‘Listen Up!’ workshops for young voice hearers which I was lucky enough to take part in. All the young people from workshops previous met for one last time in Durham to finish their pieces ready for exhibition. Without further ado, these amazing pieces can speak strongly for themselves…
Thank you so much to the Wellcome Trust and Hearing the Voice for giving time and space to simply be.
The finished pieces and more will be on exhibition from the 5th of November at Palace Green Library, Durham University.
This summer I worked with children at a local CIC Charity to run three workshops based on ‘The Gruffalo’ and Grimms’ fairytales. All the young people had some form of learning disability and we had great fun working together. In our retelling of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Gruffalo’ we walked like scary Gruffalos and tiny little mice. We made footsteps and we roared.
In Rumplestiltskin we travelled the world making up silly names and danced just like Rumplestiltskin. In Jack and the Beanstalk we climbed up high and ran from giants.
All this with a bit of percussion, some props and a bit of makkaton!
If you have a group and would like to book for me to run some workshops, click the link at the top and drop me an email.
I’m very pleased to announce that I now have a cajon drum to use for storytelling. If you have not come across a cajon before you are in for a treat- it is a sturdy wooden box which makes different sounds when hit. They are fantastic for working with children and disability groups as they are very strong with no delicate or moving parts. The cajon has been very popular during sessions and it is very useful for creating the sound of approaching giants and dragons!