Story Dress is a storytelling and technology performance project for children in hospital which ran from 2013 to 2014 at a children’s hospital in Dublin. This artist in residence project revolves around a uniquely designed interactive storytelling dress which has in-built lighting effects and an embedded soundscape, activating music and sound effects as artists Eléonore Nicolas and Fiona Dowling tell children stories on the wards.
The artists not only wanted to create a memorable experience for children in hospital, they also aimed to encourage children’s creativity after their visit was finished. Storytelling cube props were left with the children enabling them to invent entirely new stories in their own time.
Read about the reaction to the Story Dress from children, parents and staff on its first outing in a Dublin children’s hospital here
Story Dress went from dream to reality thanks to the wonderful people who funded it through the Helium Fund:It campaign. Story Dress was supported by The Arts Council.