“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein
Making things in StoryHug workshops is all about story – an art with intent, purpose. We make props for our puppet shows:
… and create characters from the wonders of our imagination…
…to present themselves in the stories we make and tell.
“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
Art is a way into other worlds, into the minds of other people, and when making our characters speak we find our own voice, our own story and show ourselves. It is terrifying and freeing. But children are not afraid; in acts of the imagination children are trusting and fearless.
Whenever I show my story prompt dolls and animals and ask: “whom shall we have as the main character?” there is always the shout, sometimes several: ME! How gladly they declare it!
We are all at the heart of our stories. Art offers us a way in to that place of playfulness and safety where true good stories begin.
“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” Ben Okri