Wapping Open Studios, London UK

We had a fantastic weekend at Wapping Open Studios. We made dolls at Happiness at Work studio last Friday and Saturday and on Sunday we worked all day at Moorings Hermitage.

The makers were Mary, Julia, Mayou, Helen, Simon, Henry, Jenny, Edith, Nick, Olivia, Tasia, Nina, Krishma Moorthy, Shobha, Kripa, Coco, Tina, James, Fiona, Andreas and Angelos. Henry and Jenny made a doll together, Jenry. 

We made 20 dolls in total, 8 of them are sailors. First time we worked on a floor that rocked over the water. Before we left the moorings they all played at the ship’s wheel.

‘A total inspiration, if only we all had dreams and peace. Thank you Regina.’

’Nice peaceful experience.’

‘An amazing experience, journey really, that begins with a simple exercise and ends with an unexpected awareness of what is created, felt and embraced through the mind and soul.’

‘Let the world be at peace all times.’

’An experience that grows on you as you create a body that lives with a heart, and maybe a liver too! A calming and warm session.’

‘I’m hoping this will help people look outward. A great project.’ 

‘This was an unique experience and a labour of love to make a doll rich with symbolism. It was a fantastic ice breaker in a new community, to take time out of the day to day and to focus on creating, while being gently and lovingly guided by Regina.’ 

‘Lovely to meet you, your project really warmed my heart.’

Thank you so much Mayou for inviting us to the WOS19 and for organizing all the event with such amount of care and love. I had the most beautiful birthday ever, an unique experience at the moorings and a weekend surrounded by adorable people. I am really honoured and grateful, thank you! 
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Battersea Arts Centre, London UK

Yesterday we were all together in another Emergency D&D. The first one was in July 2016 just after Brexit referendum.

The event yesterday was an invitation by Ben, he asked us ‘What action can we take as the arts sector in response to the proroguing of parliament?’

Jo, Kelsie and Rachel came to make dolls, we made 6 dolls and we meditated.

The dolls answered to Ben – they want to queue to the sky. They are going to get help. 

A huge thank you to Ben for inviting us to an essential event, thank you so much Phelim, Nick, Olivia, Sarah and all D&D team who organised everything in just one week, to BAC for the wonderful space and thank you so much for all makers who helped us to be nearer the sky.

We are going to reach the stars together. 

We will learn how to live in our beautiful blue planet. 

The queue is getting higher and higher…  

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The more I dream, the more real I am.

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Alexandra Palace, London UK

We were at The Great Fête Summer Festival at Ally Pally yesterday. We received less people than last year. Why? I guess it was because the bunting Dreams and a Heart was hidden between trees behind us and nobody could see it. People probably thought we were another group making picnic as most of people around. 

We changed the bunting and put them right in front of our spot. Few minutes later a family came to join us. Last year we were at the same spot but the bunting was more visible in between a tree and a beautiful totem pole that is not there anymore.

The makers Gabi, Sheila, Joe, Fiona, Kibi, Branwen, Leo and Sebastian made 9 dolls. Fiona brought her pillow full of dreams, thank you Fiona!  

‘This is a truly amazing project, a beautiful initiative. I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.’

‘What a touching and wonderful project. I really enjoyed meeting Regina and hearing about her project. Can’t wait to see it in exhibition!’

‘I felt great because I felt free and excited about this project. I loved it and I hope you can keep on with your work.’ 

‘I think this was good, it was a nice thing to do.’

‘I absolutely love the Dreams and a Heart project. I think it has such a special message showing that although we are all different we all have dreams + a heart and are all connected in that way. It is such a positive idea that I believe it will go worldwide.’ 

Thank so much Marine for inviting us again for the festival, a huge thank you to Gabi who came to help me, and a special thank you for all the makers. It was a pleasant calm session in a wonderful environment, thank you everyone! 

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Dolls ready for dreams

 

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Tête à Tête dolls

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The Place, London UK

This week we had fantastic three days at Tête à Tête The Opera Festival at The Place in London. 

Eliana, Ethan, Riley, Courtney, Alexa, Denise, Tracy-Gein, Katarine, Sasha, Bill, Anna, David, Louise, Rebecca, Aron, Karen, Neyire, Matthew, Arthur, Jenny, Sarah, Sarah, Hannah and Jared were our makers. 

We made 25 dolls, five of them I finished at home. 

Bill meditated with his doll in two different evenings- a double meditation that has never happened before! He wondered if doing so he would give Gerald, his doll, super powers. Gerard was born with a swollen left leg at the bottom but after few hours it was totally fine. I am convinced that double meditation works, Gerald has already revealed he has a super power to heal quickly.

There were three different shows every evening and most makers wanted to watch all of them so they came back in between shows to keep working on their dolls. I hid makers’ names inside their dolls just to be sure whose they were. However it was very easy for them to identify their dolls despite they are all very similar. It always happens like this, makers always recognise them. 

A huge thank you for Bill, Anna and all team who took care of us, and for all makers, we were happy together during three days, it was wonderful, Thank You!

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The Place, TÀT, London UK

We are ready for @teteateteopera #TATFest19 @theplacelondon.

Take a time-out from the festival frenzy, and add your dreams to the growing community of 2000+ dolls.

While you are there you can also catch three different new opera shows every evening.

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18:00-22:00 @ The Place. Dreams and a Heart is Regina Mendes’ long-running participatory artwork for peace. Each doll is filled with dreams and given a heart, before the maker completes a short mediation, guided by the artist.
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Shakespeare’s Globe, London UK

Thank you so much Angela for inviting Dreams and a Heart to run a session in June at TTD at Shakespeare’s Globe.

A big thank you to Sophie, Adae, Angela, Malin and Sarah for coming to our session. It was lovely to have Sophie’s daughter with us dreaming all the way long. Cassi, Deni, Kristin, Serin and Alex joined us just to chat and be together before TTD session. We also made dolls with Kristin and Jen in two different days.

We made 8 dolls in total, we opened our hearts, we shared our nightmares and our beautiful dreams.

Thank you so much everyone, I love you all.

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