Leigh Hancock ‘Sensorlei’ creates bespoke sensory objects. Her creations have many beautiful aesthetics. Her inspiration is driven from the experience gained from her work experience with the visually impaired, she stated:
‘I wanted to create beautiful objects for them, with the beauty not just to be apparent visually, but also though the use of sound and touch elements’.
Her main body of work is made up of exotic woods with interesting and compelling grain, which compliments the smooth shine of the brass elements. Quite often her objects take the form of vessels, containing qualities and openings that hold sound elements or secret brail messages. ‘They are created to be directly personalised to individuals’.
She has a range of more organic wood structures that are musical instruments. Her forms do not necessarily look like a standard musical instrument. She explains that she did not want this to be obvious at first glance but to be apparent once they have been interacted with, ‘through touch and interaction the musical qualities will be discovered.’
Her work is honest and interesting, compelling the viewer to explore the hidden sensory qualities. Her objects have an interesting textural finishing either smooth and comforting to the touch or tactile and compelling.
With special thanks to: Martyn Blundell, Jeannie Roberts and the service members at My Sight.