21 & 22 June – They crowded around me to listen to the hammering of nails onto wood pieces and could not wait for me to complete my instructions or my demo piece to start. Some worked in pairs, others did their own individual pieces. Nails, strings, wood flanks, papers, glue, scissors, masking tapes were flying all over the room in which we spent a total of four hours working with our hands in full force. Everyone wanted to create an expression of their thoughts, idea or emotion. Some had difficulty expressing themselves and therefore took a longer time to receive an idea. They were helping each other out, from the very young of age 6 years old to the very old of age 86 years old. Graciousness, compassion and kindness were exhibited when everyone came together to create powerful art. A truly fulfilling two days.
ArtStories is an artistic endeavour which creates meaningful art projects that uses stories, memories and narrated moments with Singaporean Artist, Jacquelyn Soo. Jacquelyn has worked with communities locally and internationally to conceptualise engaging community art programmes that address the needs of the community. She also creates and works with other artists in various Art & Craft workshops for people interested in learning about art and artistic practices. ArtStories welcomes individuals and communities from various walks of life including children, youths, adults, elderly as well as people with special needs or disabilities to work with the artist on custom tailored art commissions, art workshops and selected Art & Craft programmes. Jacquelyn is also a MOE – NAC registered Artist who conducts art training in private and public schools. ArtStories runs art workshops that can be conducted at different locations and can host large groups of participants.