Artist Designer: Maker student writes about artist residency and ‘The Sound Tablecloth’

Artist Designer: Maker student Alice Croot has written about her involvement in a participatory art project with a group of residents aged 65- 86 who live in Sheltered Living in Newport.

Alice spent time getting to know the community and understanding their creative making interests by going to a Coffee morning and Pudding Club hosted by the residents.

“For the brief it was important to consider their interests but also to cater for their abilities in the making”

Alice led two workshops and the residents made their own individual textile pieces. Alice also wanted to have a technological element to use sound as a stimulus in the pieces. She took the textile work the residents had made and used them as touch sensitive sound triggers for music and conversation. The pieces then became part of a finished tablecloth.

Since the workshops Alice has been back and the residents have interacted with the piece she created.

Alice writes: “For the brief it was important to consider their interests but also to cater for their abilities in the making. The Sound Tablecloth when used by the residents seemed to have a very positive impactful response. I believe the link between the visual and the sound is very effective in creating conversation movement and stimulation for them as a collective.”