Materializing: Sit-Down Workshop
[Sitting down together] to make emotions visible and tangible
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What is it for?
It is a mobile workshop activity where participants make objects that Materialize their feelings. This tool involves light facilitation that lets participants pick and choose how they want to reflect on their experience.
This tool enables participants to articulate how they feel about an experience through the process of making and provides a structure and framework for reflecting and capturing insights.
Participants’ State of Mind
open, creative, reflective, introspective
Level of Complexity (1–5)
Time of Participation
60 min to 120 min
The following illustrates Materializing in action and more specifically, how Sit-Down Workshops can be practiced.
- Materializing: Axes of Your Identity
- Materializing: Desired Rituals
1. Materializing: Axes of Your Identity
Making visible and tangible people’s identity and how they express it.
Island of Full Expression at Wonderlab Playdate. Melbourne, 2018
Anne Gibbons and Myriam Diatta
Individuals first sit down to three activities: naming places and things that help them maintain the axes of their identity. They then collage a full-scale expression of their identity. Finally they build an object that symbolizes what idea or message they want to remind themselves of.
Participants each hand-build and see what makes up their own individual identity so they can name what works for them. They Materialize who they are more fully and without apology.
2. Materializing: Desired Rituals
Making visible and tangible desired rituals for emotional wellbeing.
Designing Emotional Tools workshop and Ritual as Emotional Tool workshop by Matter-Mind Studio.
In this Materializing workshop, participants explore different types of emotional tools, as well as various ways of designing them.