When I contemplated how to present ‘Identity’ in a display, the song ‘True colours’ by Cyndi Lauper came to mind:
And I'll see your true colours
I see your true colours
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colours
True colours are beautiful,
Like a rainbow
The rainbow had to be part of this display and that made the blue and grey background of the sky a logical consequence. It was more difficult to decide what the rainbow could be arching over. How do you represent an identity? Identities are not always clear cut personalities. We can be different personalities in different situations; we often show different parts of our personalities to different people and sometimes we feel the need to hide our true self behind a socially acceptable mask.
In society it is desirable to behave according to the norm. Some people fit in naturally; others have to adapt more or less. They adjust and squeeze a bit to fit in and sometimes may feel like puppets on a string.
By asking: ‘Identity; what’s your true colour?’ I hope that the viewers of the display are encouraged to have a look inside themselves and acknowledge their own true colours….or at least think about them!
What you need:
· Grey and blue wrapping paper
· Rainbow – Google Images – enlarged to A3 and laminated – cut to shape
· 13 A4 red cards for the puppet
· Blue card to secure the string holes
· Moko tattoo for puppet head
· Butterflies and caterpillars and bees – I used images from the book: ‘Butterflies’ by Thomas Marent but Google images will give a good selection too – different sizes – laminated and cut to shape.
· Couple of boxes not only for displaying books but also to give depth to the display
What to do:
Divide the display board diagonally in half. Blue for the clear sky – grey for the cloudy part. I stapled a string to the opposite corners of the board.
· Rainbow – mark the middle of the display board and decide how wide your rainbow will reach. Use a roller to mark the points where th
· Mark the middle of the board under the rainbow and staple the middle of the puppet’s head to that mark. Staple the rest of the body and li
· Decide where you want to staple the blue laminated rounds to the head and top parts of the shoulders, arms and hands
and of course the knees
· Staple the string to the top of the board and let them hang down.
· Glue the Moko, jacket and pieces of ‘fabric’ for the shoes to the puppet (you can do this in advance) or staple them now with the puppet to the board.
· Staple the title to the top of the board. Let some caterpillars crawl between the letters.
· Attach the masks to the board under the title. Let the strings of the mask swirl a bit to the sides.
· Arrange the display books on shelves and stands.
· Connect the Christmas lights and step back to enjoy your creation.