HApenny for you thoughts

If (Just saying)

You (Join us)

Are (Such a warm feeling, eh)

Offering (Yes please)

HApenny (Pounds if you can comfortably manage)

Without (Let us help)

It being

A weighty (We can send a van)

Affair (Condition, let us judge)

Or on those scales (see previous post)

Off on one

Too

Ten

For my (And yours)

My

Thoughts

Or ounce

Off

Wisdom (Makes Sense, eh)

Carefully

Balanced

As one (Or more if you can manage)

HAlf

Of HA

HA (You could not make it up)

Eye

Eye

HAppened

Too

Capture

This image

Summing up (Taking stock, always)

In fact (Promise)

HArnessing

You know

Our thoughts

And

All (Team Sense Trading)

On Re-Tale

So much (Volunteering has to offer)

More (Yes please)

More (ditto)

Too

Come (Your more than welcome)

Soon (Very)

Not long

Which actually

Is the short (We never say no to a good donation)

Of it

But we (Ha)

Not

Just (Absolutely)

My

My HAlf

Miss (All you guys)

The daily

Trading

Partners (Always)

Off (Never)

Not yet

Totally (Get that)

Re-Taling

So (A stitch in time)

Hangers

On

In

Their (All you amazing people)

There

Cause (So worthwhile)

Just (Absolutely)

Like (What isn’t there to)

You

We

Ha

Ha

Working

HArd

Still (Never)

Making

Things

Ready

Steady

HAnd (Pair)

Me the

Just (Absolutely)

One (Every little helps)

HAlf

Glass (We take that as well)

Full (Never)

HAlf

Empty (Please donate)

Spirit (Headless dress, see previous post)

Level

Cause (So worthwhile)

Hey

Guys (Trading)

We

Must (Absolutely)

Re-Tale

Stuart

And

Us

Cause (So so worthwhile)

Are

Drumming

Up

One hell of a roll

Actually

We

Kidder (minster)

You

Not

One but…

Nine (Holding you too it, eh)

Wink

Wink

Ha

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RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

A Queen of a Workshop – we will rock you

Friday saw the final of our workshops with Stuart, which was, as always. thoroughly enjoyable. Stuart arrived with a big smile and we sat down to our routine cuppa and catch up before work commenced. We spoke about how his week has been so far, how he got to the Touchbase Pears centre that day and what his plans were for the weekend.

Stuart likes to ask us questions about what we have been doing, and what cars Rob and I drive. In particular his interest lyes in whether we have a cassette player in our cars, which brings us back to his passion and fascination with all things musical and audio based. Stuart also likes to copy or rather audibly recount things he has heard on the radio and echos the dialogue or way in which a radio DJ might speak. This is really interesting and at times amusing, and shows he is an intent listener and has a strong memory, particular for things he finds interesting. We enjoy the time we spend with Stuart and feel the more time we get to spend with him, the more he is comfortable and the more we get to learn about him. He is a funny, intelligent and engaging person and we have learnt from other practitioners he works with at the centre, that he talks about the work we have been doing together and the time we have been spending together. We feel this is a key indication of how positive this project has been in relation to the interaction we have had with Stuart and the works we have begun to develop in relation.

After tea, we set to work, explaining to Stuart that we have only three more musical/ sound based sculptures to make within the session, we delved into the bins again to see what other goodies we could find. We identified some circular wooden plates/bowl like objects and a wooden table lamp with interesting linear designs cut into it. Stuart found a long thin glass jar that he tested out as a beater, tapping it onto the wooden circular blocks in a repetitive fashion.

The repetition of the sound and differing pitches of sound were something we noticed Stuart responded to positively. Banging/ tapping onto different objects made from different materials altered the pitch in sound which we discussed with Stuart, he defined which one he liked most.

We have become aware of the importance if time and space when working with Stuart, the approach is different. You can not work within a rigid frame work, I would argue that any kind of making (creative exchange) can not exist within such a format anyway. However in particular when working with Stuart we have learnt that the approach to making within the workshop and how we support and facilitate Stuart with the process of making, needs to be completely flexible, we must work in response to how Stuart is feeling and responding to the objects and the interaction with these. For example Stuart began tapping out the beat of ‘We will Rock you’ by Queen song, which he knows and has told us his support worked Felix has on his phone, this became a focus to this part of the workshop. At this point Stephanie Tyrrell, national arts manager for Sense, dropped into the workshop to say hello and suggested that Stuart might like to show us how he can play the song on the keyboard, which we obviously wanted to see. This was a wonderful addition to what we were doing and brought in another strand of creative experience and exchange, which was furthered by Rob joining in on percussion.

Stephanie from Sense Touchbase, Rob and Stuart

Music to Our Ears

Stuart and Rob have been working together during workshops over the last three weeks, exploring Stuarts love of music through the objects we have been donated. Project #ReStore has moved into the next stage of making with full steam and its own beat.

So excited to see how this develops.

#ACEfunded @RBSAgallery @sensetouchbasepears @sensecharity @titled_ha #Makingtogether #Retale

Never too much

Hurry

So writing

This in briefs

Today

Too Much (never enough donations)

Information (Secondhand)

HAlf expecting

No

That is Natalie (RBSA, team player)

Other

Wiser

HAlf expecting

Crying out

Loud (Speaks volumes)

For (us I hope)

Update

Which

Is quite full (Hey never enough, please donate)

Filling (and quickly emptying)

Don’t you (If only you would, please)

Think (of all that aid, you can give)

Anyways (Yep, we’ll do the rest)

Shorts (handy)

And…

Suite

Two or Three (as much as you can)

Piece (every little helps)

Music to our ears

eh…

Get on with it

I here

You (Come join us)

Shout

So

Here goes

In briefs

You (Us)

Just (Absolutely)

Could not (Yes we can)

Make (Change)

It (Worthwhile)

Up

Workshop two

Last (Never)

Watch

This space (titleha)

Drum

Rolling

Pin

Up

Star

Stuart

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

Sound advice

We thought (full? never, more donations please)

We needed

To show you

Just (absolutely)

Cause (we want to give, could you?)

At this stage (quite a performer)

A few (more would really help)

Snippets (lots to follow. Please keep in touch)

With us and…

Stuart…

Oh and Ha (more the merrier)

Selecting

Orchestrating

Objects

From the Nutcracker

Suite

Per cushion (Donate the lot we will pick up, eh Jodie?)

Which floated Stu’s boat

One champagne (later)

Flute

Promise

Not (well I never)

Stringing

You

Along (please do, come and say hi)

Stuart is a sound man

In all senses

Furnish that thought

Re-Taling his (super absorbing)

Sponge? (taking it in, I hope so. We will do the rest)

Well float

Buoyant (We all are)

See aid (Yes chaity aid is such a help)

As captured

Here on film (cling to that thought or hangers on)

It’s not hard

Two beat (keeping drumming up support. Hey act now and volunteer)

The pleasure

From working

With Stuart (all a team eh Retale?)

Such is his talent (and yours)

Oh

So

Pleased

Stu

Selected

But hey…

A note

Off (see you really soon)

Caution

Never

Putt (golf ball in river without the pole we have here)

Or

An umbrella

Up

In the windy

Section

Take

Oboe

Stuart

You are

A star

Ha

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

ReTale: New Beginnings

We’ve had some fabulous objects donated to us for project ReStore. All of which have a tale to tell, a history and a previous home. We asked people to add a label with a short statement about why they were donating or letting the object go. With truths, quotes or rhymes, a sense of moving forward came with many of them, a transition from one point to another, from their hands to ours. From one end to another beginning.

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

Take notes

HAlf of us are flat out

Other wiser

HAlf

Sitting

Up

Rightly

So

Re-Searching for our project

Natalie from the RBSA came along

Thanks again (donating her time)

Volunteering? (no, why not give it a go?)

Oh

And was flat out

Actually I am making

That up

Cause (really good)

News

She is having a baby

So she is not flat

But hey out

Capturing great pics

Of our (we are all part of his great team)

Latest

Work (flat out)

Shop (Re-Tale)

With

Stuart

Quite a musical star (so talented)

Is

Our (on the team? You could be.)

Stuart

So much more to Re-Tale (hangers on in there)

So

Please keep note

Help drum

Up

Supporting Act (yes, we were compared to Stuart)

Oh what…

Rhythm

Or…

Just (absolutely)

Keep (unless you never use it)

Up (yes we all are after such a great session)

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

Fancy a cup of tea? The day Stuart met Chris at Kidderminster Sense

Friday 13th (unlucky for some), seen the best part (we think) of the project so far. That was the day Stuart, along with his support worker and friend Felix, came to meet Chris (and us) at Sense Kidderminster. And what a lovely morning we had.

After being in the shops for a month all told, it was time for the bins to be collected and taken back to Touchbase Pears in Birmingham where we will begin the art workshops with Stuart throughout October. We decided that it was really important for Stuart to have seen where the bins had been and meet at least some of the people who have been working so hard to help us collect items for the project and for ultimately Stuart himself.

As ever when we arrived At the Kidderminster shop we received an extremely warm welcome from Chris, who, whilst juggling his managerial and daily responsibilities, took the time to catch up with us and update us about what had been happening at the shop and how the collecting and donating of the objects had gone.

Rob, Felix, Stuart and Chris – @Kidderminster SENSE

Stuart and Felix arrived a little after us, after introducing him to Chris and Stewart, another Sense team member, we all found ourselves in the back staff area getting to know one another and enjoying a lovely cup of tea. We asked Chris to help us show Stuart the bin and some of the objects that people had placed inside it, there was a wonderful range of objects from handwoven baskets, hoola hoops, plastic hats, a bop-it and wooden nut crackers. This was just a small amount of what has/will have already been collected and sent over to Touchbase pears, so we are all very excited to see what other treasures we’ve been kindly given.

Stuarts interest was definitely sparked, as we spoke about the different objects, how they felt, what they reminded us of, whether they could possibly make sound. Through conversation we have discovered he is very keen on music and playing instruments, mainly piano/keyboard and guitar. Stuart was extremely pleased with the cup he had his tea in, which was covered in pictures of guitars. On realising this, Chris very kindly gave Stuart the cup to take home with him.

It was then time to load the bin into our van ready to be delivered back to Touchbase pears. Stuart, Felix and Chris helped us with this. Again for us another important part of the project and the process of gathering material. We felt that Stuart should have a hand in the collecting of the objects and that Chris should be a part of this exchange. An integral part of the project the passing over of the material from the collector to the maker, all individuals actions and roles equal and as important as others. One can not be without the other, this ultimately reflecting the Sense shop structure, where these wonderful ‘frontline’ team members work hard and passionately to support and help to provide opportunities for Sense participants, at the other end of the production line of you will.

Get the picture

Just in case

And

If that suits

You (us to)

Same page, eh

Novel (it does not need to be)

Quite

A find

If that suits

Keeping (Hey or giving)

Abreast

Pocket

Change (Every little helps)

Oh

Off (to volunteer?)

Shoe in, eh?

Belt and braces

Which leads us back to…

This three piece

Suit

Or

Suite

Cause (Very good)

It has (oh and is)

A waste (try us, it probably isn’t)

Coated (Sweet?)

This three piece

Definitely lined

Up

Ready

For (You?)

Hangers (On, never)

Steaming ahead?

Know (you would if you volunteered)

Call us

Please

Ring

Just (definitely)

Done

Three piece

Bye (not yet)

The seat

Of your pants (not really)

Trunks (yes)

As they go swimmingly

Look at

Our (as Team Re-Tale)

Suit

Cases

Study (the facts)

Plus (there is a point)

Arm chair (house warming gift)

Aid (makes it even better)

Full on (set)

Special (all of them)

Furnish that thought

As we (and you?)

Just (without doubt)

Cause (very good)

We (us)

Can (of course)

Two (more like an army)

Gather (here today)

Wedding?

Suits (you?)

As there

Is no

Skirting

Never Re-Pleat (we can though)

This one

Actually there is

But not enough

So if i…

A dress

Still (not too long)

Suits

Please

Drop by

Does not matter (yes it does)

Baggies

Or

Cases

Whatever

Suits

Just (yes)

Tie (of course)

The knot

Ra Ra

Ha

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

One

Thing

That you never feel

When working

At

Sense Re-Tale

Is alone

Lost

Never

From Shop Mangers

To

The wonderful vounteers

You are

All

Coated

In

Something

Very

Special

So why

Stay at arms length, eh?

When you

Yes

You

Can also

Feel

That warmth

Inside

Of doing

Something special

Go on

Give it

Worth a try?

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle