In 2022, I was a recipient of a CASP grant through Orana Arts and Create NSW, which enabled me to embark on a community arts adventure and create a vessel for the community of Wellington in NSW.
Much like it's sister project, vessels of creative connection, the focus is on encouraging public participation and contribution, however, this vessel remains in one place and collects stories, in any shape or form, from the residents, all about their personal connection to place.
During regular visits, I explored Wellington and surrounds, mapping out my own personal journey and connection to place through the natural environment, research and by meeting and talking to locals. It was certainly a wonderful way to discover the town and gave me plenty of time to consider and reflect upon what place means to us individually and communally.
As the vessel slowly gathers stories, I can only hope and imagine the rich connections that will grow and piece together, a bit like a patchwork quilt!
Wherever you are in the world, what is your connection to place?
How would you describe where you live?
Let your senses guide you: looks like, smells like, tastes like, sounds like, feels like?
What are your favourite places?
What is the colourscape?
What natural elements stand out…native flora and fauna, symbols, totems?
How does it make you feel?
What emotions does place evoke for you?
How did you arrive there?
If you gave a visitor a guided tour, what would it consist of?
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.