Play With Found Objects
Wander … notice what draws itself to your attention: a pigeon’s feather … a stone .. a broken toy .. a rope .. a plastic bottle .. don’t think about what you will use it for, just take it, explore it.
Be awake, alert and let everything come to you. Follow your lightest Impulse and inspiration. See what comes into your hand.
Return home. Choose a work space where you can explore and create.
Linger. See what part of the space draws you, feels friendly and inviting.
Introduce your objects to the work space.
Choose each object and take a closer look .. touch it .. listen to it .. stay quiet and let things happen ..
What qualities draw your attention? What associations and memories arise?
See it as a landscape or an event .. what has just happened?
Discover its stories .. Speak from it’s point of view.
Choose a place for the object. Explore how it wants to go.
slowly .. bring in other objects.
Discover what is needed, moment by moment. If there is no impulse, stay quiet.
Explore how things meet each other .. merge … connect .. oppose .. echo .. cover .. maintain a distance.
Where do I want to put this? What goes with it? … feeling choices.
Feel how the character of things change in interaction with others .. come to life .. being deminished .. ovewhelmed .. change size .. brighten ..
Allow changes and transformations .. a surprise .. associations ..
Feel your body as well as the materials.
Everything we are drawn to or choose spontaneously somehow resonates with us. While discovering it’s qualities, a sense of connection with the object arises. While embarking on a process of exploration, we notice new qualities reflected in the objects, and it’s capacity to change and transform under our gaze. This leads us deaper into our own mystery, mirrowing us the many different qualities and the transformational power within ourselves.
(Source: Miranda Tufnell and Chris Crickmay: A widening field)