Colourful and illuminating event a treat for the senses | Video

CALMING AND CAPTIVATING: Sensory artist and designer Bliss Cavanagh pictured with Matthew Taylor brought her Happy Senses experience to Orange. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
CALMING AND CAPTIVATING: Sensory artist and designer Bliss Cavanagh pictured with Matthew Taylor brought her Happy Senses experience to Orange. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

An event featuring sounds, colours, movement, shapes and textures captivated people of all ages at the LiveBetter Community Hub this week.

Newcastle PHD student Bliss Cavanagh brought the sensory experience to Orange at the request of LiveBetter and opened the experience up to the public.

Among those who enjoyed it was a group from an aged care home and Miss Cavanagh said some of them took off their shoes so they could walk over some of the different textures.

“I started making this work about six years ago as a way to come to terms with living with Tourette syndrome, it’s been really theraputic for me to make my art and using it in a positive way,” she said.

ILLUMINATING: Colours and textures featured at the Happy Senses event which was a peaceful experience created by Bliss Cavanagh. Photo: SUPPLIED

ILLUMINATING: Colours and textures featured at the Happy Senses event which was a peaceful experience created by Bliss Cavanagh. Photo: SUPPLIED

Miss Cavanagh said there’s a lot of stigma about Tourette’s and although one in 100 people have the syndrome she said only 10 per cent of those people have the swearing tic.

But Happy Senses helps control her tics by distracting the eyes and mind at the same time, “it helps you not think as much,” she said. 

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