Senses of Morocco

The trip to Morocco was a great experience which completely overwhelmed me. There was so much to see and do in the week it felt quite manic. We have decided to base our project around the 5 senses to try and recreate the feeling of being in Marrakech. Each day that we explored we experienced so many new sounds, tastes smells and patterns. We want our project to reflect the overwhelming feeling of being in Marrakech, through smells, sounds, textures, tastes and images.

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A day in Marrakech consisted of walking through the manic square of Jemaa el-Fnaa, hearing mopeds beep at you and the sound of the instruments of the snake charmers. You could smell fresh orange juice and spices being sold at the markets. Then you could walk into a tranquil palace or riad, and hear birds chirping, the sound of plants in the wind and a trickling fountain. You could smell the orange blossom on the trees and the pastries being sold in cafés. This is an example of how many different things we would experience each day, and the kind of feeling we want to create in our artefact.

We bought a selection of Moroccan spices, perfumes and dye colours back with us so that we can use them for the project. We want to create a sort of book/artefact that will include images, smells, tastes, textures and sounds. This will hopefully give the person looking through the samples a sense of how it would feel to be in Morocco. So far we are thinking about including drawings, stitch, spices in pouches, dyed fabric, photographs and interesting textures. We will also include sound as this was a vital part of the experience in Marrakech.

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