A Children’s Story in Sand

Last weekend I experienced the Enchanted Forest Sand Sculpture Adventure at Dromkeen in Riddells Creek.

The exhibition has been sculpted by 11 incredible artists from around the world, each one making a contribution to a wonderful children’s adventure story, The Enchanted Forest, using 300 tonnes of sand.

The eleven sculptures are such a unique and beautiful way to tell a children’s story. There was a unicorn, and all sorts of wonderful fantastical characters created in sand.

Each sculpture was completed in just 10 days by artists who travel around the world creating masterpieces from sand, snow, ice, and sometimes, concrete and even pumpkins.

Unicorn

The Enchanted Forest Sand Sculpture Adventure is an inspiring example of how vision and passion for your art can lead to something truly beautiful.

Baby unicorn

Two-time Australian Sand Sculpture Champion, Leo Vamvalis was our tour guide, explaining how each sculpture was created, and what it represented.

Pegasus

The Enchanted Forest Sand Sculpture Adventure  is open at Dromkeen in Riddells Creek from Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.30 am to 5.00pm and you can buy tickets here for just $15 for adults, $7 for kids under 13, and children 3 and under are admitted free.

Whether you’re an art lover, a lover of children’s stories, an adult or a child, you will love this exhibition. It’s under cover, so it’s open all weathers.

How amazing is the detail on this sculpture made of sand?

A Book For All Children

What an amazing experience it has been to see our new picture book, Reena’s Rainbow released to both deaf and hearing communities.

Reena’s Rainbow tells the story of a deaf girl and a homeless dog and how they bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds.

One of the most amazing things about our Reena’s Rainbow events has been being able to include both deaf and hearing children.

This was made possible thanks to a grant from Regional Arts Victoria that funded our fabulous Auslan Interpreters Meg, Pauline and Bec.

It meant that deaf children could feel included and valued, and be introduced to a story in which they could see themselves represented.

It meant that hearing children could experience communicating in Auslan, and it allowed them to walk in the shoes of deaf children.

We were truly fortunate to be able to also be able to have both deaf and hearing children at our workshops where they could learn about how books are created.

There were interpreters.

Our Auslan Interpreter, Meg, our fabulous launcher Mitch Vane, me and Tracie at Dromkeen.

Tracie, me and Bec our Auslan Interpreter

Auslan Interpreter, Pauline, interpreting how to create Rainbow Stories

There were lots of eager young readers.

There were supportive bookshops and galleries including Dromkeen, Squishy Minnie and Collins Bookstores.

And there was cake. And books of course.Thanks to everyone who has supported Reena’s Rainbow and its launch into the deaf and hearing worlds. Special thanks to my fabulous partner-in-picture books, Tracie Grimwood who created all the fabulous illustrations and did so much more.

Happy writing, illustrating and creating 🙂

Dee

School Holiday Writing Workshop for Young Writers

I’m very excited to be presenting a writing workshop for writers aged 8+ at Dromkeen, Riddells Creek Victoria next school holidays.

If you know a young writer who’d like to come along, they can book through Dromkeen.

It’s going to be a fun workshop.

Dromkeen workshop flier