A participatory activity to help people reflect and record some of their life experiences, creating knotted yarn and voice recordings.
Quipu is an ancient method of recording stories used by the Inka, consisting of coloured threads knotted in different ways.
Sophie, Sharon and Barbara are a group of artists exploring narratives of identity through soundscape, performance and installation. They create immersive, safe spaces for storytelling, finding new, innovative ways to navigate memory and support wellbeing.
Participants will be posted packs and provided with instructional videos to enable you to explore stories of your life using quipu yarns and your voice. These will be combined in an installation incorporating the yarns and a spoken word soundscape, exhibited in Edinburgh during October 2021 to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
Participants from all walks of life are invited to take part in the Quipu Recollections project and be part of the story. Help it grow.
Bookings: Take Part
Accessibility: Stamped address envelopes are included to cover return postage. ‘How to’ videos will be captioned.
Content Note: This process gently unravels identity narratives and could trigger emotional responses when recalling lived experiences. The packs contain signposting to mental health services available in and around Edinburgh.