If you remember, the research project I'm sketching is about Work Design which, put simply, is how the systems and environments we work in effect our happiness and well-being. The idea is to interview and sketch different workers in as many varied workplaces as possible. It's going to be fun (not least, having licence to be that nosy).
I couldn’t believe how peaceful the place was. Apparently, there were over 100 babies and toddlers there, but you wouldn’t have known it. I had been prepared for screaming, fingers in my paints, pee on the floor... It was nothing like that at all. The children were all happily toddling about and there were almost no tears all morning.
The sketch above was another of the children's carers, who we interviewed in the sandpit (an old wooden boat). It was indicative of the atmosphere of the centre, that neither member of staff for a second considered sitting indoors on a conventional chair for their interview. Which was perfect, providing the means for my paintings to convey important additional information, and with instant impact.
It was an excellent start to the residency and such fun. I managed to fill an entire 1.5 metre concertina in 3 hours.
We rounded things off with something a bit different...
The researcher I was working with that morning, happened to have a 2 year old of her own, who happened to have a copy of Stinky! so, to celebrate the morning's success and to say thank you to everyone at the childcare centre for letting us in and being so helpful, I finished off with a storytelling for all the toddlers. How perfect that, of all my books, it was Stinky! we had - all the children immediately recognised Macca!