Imaginary Leaps at REmida,Perth WA

DSC_0986Last month, Rachel was artist in residence at REmida, a recycled resources centre in Perth. as part of her research, she invited her friend’s 3 year old to explore the building and all its contents. He was interested in all things ’round & round’, the rotation schema was evident in his interest in windmills, fans and rotary blade shapes around the centre. This formed the basis of my exploration in the use of recycled materials for early years installations. Focusing on simple but effective movement incorporating the flow of air throught the space with mobiles and hangings.

REmida pd nov13 (49) REmida pd nov13 (54) REmida pd nov13 (58)Rachel also ran two Professional Development workshops in the final week of her residency, focusing on:

Early years Installations for Free Play- Introduction to Imaginary Leaps

  • Making connections – Theatre & Play
  • Tools of storytelling in action,
  • Making an imaginative child friendly space
  • Confidence building techniques in play and performance.
  • Linking to children’s literature, traditional tales and multi cultural myths

REmida pd nov13 (1) REmida pd nov13 (2) REmida pd nov13 (3) REmida pd nov13 (4) REmida pd nov13 (15)With over 40 Perth early years educators , we discussed where play meets theatre techniques, in our human need to tell stories and explore environments. I introduced the key communication puppet Bobby from Imaginary Leaps and illustrated its role in providing non verbal points of interaction. A brief introduction to simple puppet making techniques to aid play and confidence, then we played with the movement of tissue, sculpting scrunchy puppets developing into simple storytelling scenarios.

REmida pd nov13 (20) REmida pd nov13 (24) REmida pd nov13 (27) REmida pd nov13 (35) REmida pd nov13 (41) We also looked at shadow play in a further installation Id created, cutting polystyrene animal shapes to project onto, playing with different colours, shapes and textures to make an animated artwork.

Feedback from participants included –


‘Thanks a lot for the great skills of making puppets and shadow theatre. Really enjoyed it.’ Jane UWA ELC

‘I am new to Early Learning and will leave with plenty of great ideas’ Stacey

‘Thank you for ‘do-able’ creative ideas.’ Helene

‘Fantastic creative ideas that enable children to think ‘outside the box’ Elle


‘Excellent PD, loved the ‘hands on’ & creative ideas’

Imaginary Leaps will be holding further professional development sessions in February 2014, please email for further information.

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