I am constantly amazed at how diverse we are as a group with everyone's ideas, work and aspirations being so very different. It's this overlapping of difference that is the real strength of Roaming.
One of the group was working with collage today and I dug into the bottom of a drawer to find collages that had been made by previous people who were part of the group in 2011. What ensued was a conversation about the difference between a group that is taught and one that is facilitated. In the beginning I used to offer a workshop to people who arrived; activities that included painting, drawing, silk painting, felt making, paper making, collage, printmaking. Nowadays we (everyone in the group) encourage people to find their own way by introducing what is available in terms of materials and demonstrating by example what is possible. We don't engage in critique as we would were it a taught setting but we offer advice and encouragement when it is requested. We find this allows people to really explore and discover themselves through the act of creativity. We also talk together... a lot... about art and life.
Now that lockdown is at last gradually lifting, we're looking back on the past year with a sense of achievement and a committment to a future together. Even when we couldn't meet, Roamers stayed in touch by way of our post card project (details here) -- we've posted most the them here. We shared paintings and drawings and photographs from Toby, Suzi, Jon and Not Just Any Girl. Keep an eye out for a new video soon with more details.
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Laura Wild is Roaming's Lead Facilitator and one of its directors. "Click" about us to find out more about who we are and what we do, or read about...
Roaming's official goal is "to carry on creative activities that benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) people who find themselves in some way disadvantaged, excluded or vulnerable." Our values are really our common ground: confidentiality, integrity, fairness, respect for the values and culture of others, the withholding of judgement, inclusivity, flexibility, and equity in relationships. "