Creativity is...your favourite place
Where will our creative journey with Bea and Jill lead us in week three of their November takeover?
"We are Bea and Jill, a creative duo who work together as one artist. Bea (they/them) is an autistic young person. Jill (she/her) is their mum and carer. Our creative practice explores identity and community. We like to play games, tell stories and help others to do so too, especially those whose voice is unheard, presumed or overlooked.
Some of our Pillow Palace artists chose to create their perfect landscapes, habitats or walks; what would be your ideal place to wander and explore, get inspired, or that simply feels most like you?
Listen to the creative prompt below
Create a mood board or map, of either a scene or journey, through your favourite place. It can be real or conceptual, local or far away.
What can you see, hear and smell? What do you do? Who is there with you?
Combine made and found elements to describe what makes this your perfect environment. Use different mediums - photos and drawings, words, quotes or poems - to make this mood board map as immersive as possible.
Miro is an online whiteboard where you can add photos, drawings, text and diagrams. Add your own photos, descriptions and ideas and supplement them with others found online. A good source of free images is unsplash.com; for videos, you could use pexels.com
Share your Miro board with friends, encouraging them to add comments or new elements to the composition.
You could work directly on paper or experiment on a magnet board or pinboard, moving elements around and exploring how they work together before you decide on a final layout.
Invite a friend to explore your scene or journey. Are they surprised by your perfect place, or was it what they expected?
Find below some examples of mood boards and journey's through favourite places:
- Jill has created a Miro board of her photography from visits to the seaside, her most favourite spaces, find it here.
- For more inspiration, this intro Insatgram reel that Bea made talks about how their computer is how they travel.
- And this Youtube tour by Poppy, one of the Pillow Palace artists, describes Mushroom Grove - their perfect place.
Could you layer elements so the scene reveals itself slowly? Or present them in a specific sequence as if on a journey?
Play with how Miro allows you to zoom in and out of your board and what you can see at different magnifications.
Could you work on folded paper or in a book format? Could some elements be lifted or moved?
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