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"I am an artist, performer and story teller. I am also a creative access consultant too. I love brilliant and important conversations and I do this a lot within my creative work. I am deaf and a lot of my work is around visual storytelling. I am inspired by everyday conversations and how they can be retold in a visual narrative, which is why I decided this would be a good challenge to do!"
Watch Jonny tell us more about himself and his creative challenge…
Design a sign name.
“My challenge is called ‘Sign names’. Deaf culture is rich and varied and often you will notice that sign names are used within the Deaf community. Sign Names are unique and personal and it is a way to identify someone without finger spelling out their name using British Sign Language (BSL). These sign names can often reflect the person's character or their appearance or their personality.
It has to be unique to yourself. Maybe a memory that is very personal to you or something that you do. To do our sign names, we just use our fingers, hand, arms and only within the space from the top of our heads to our shoulders.
Your sign name could be about your appearance, your name that might be unusual or something you are very passionate about like a hobby or a sporting activity. For example, if your name is Natasha you may want to imagine that your sign name is a moustache (which sounds like Natasha) or if your name is Peter Bell then perhaps your sign name could gesture yourself ringing a bell or if you love playing the piano, then imagine that you are playing the piano which could be your sign name. Help each other out if you are unsure.
If you know someone who is deaf, ask them for advice. If you are deaf, share your name with us. Remember, it is important you cannot officially give yourself a sign name until you meet someone from the deaf community and it is agreed by that person that will be your unique sign name! So, next time you meet a deaf person, ask them if they would like to learn your sign name. Once you officially have your sign name ...think of it as a ‘rite of passage’ showing your inclusion and being an ally to the Deaf community.”
"Enwau fel arwydd. Rhaid i'th enw mewn iaith arwyddion fod yn unigryw i ti. Er enghraifft, gallai dy enw fel arwydd ddweud rhywbeth am dy edrychiad, fod yn rhywbeth anarferol am dy enw neu ymwneud â diddordeb amser hamdden neu weithgaredd chwaraeon rwyt yn frwd amdano. Trafoda ag eraill os wyt yn ansicr. Os wyt yn adnabod rhywun sy'n fyddar, hola am gyngor ganddyn nhw.
Er enghraifft, os dy enw yw Natasha efallai byddet am ddychmygu 'mwstash' (sy'n swnio fel Natasha) fel dy enw fel arwydd, neu os mai Peter Bell yw dy enw yna gallai dy enw fel arwydd fod yn esgus canu cloch. Ac os wyt ti'n hoff o ganu'r piano, gallai esgus dy fod yn canu'r piano fod yn enw fel arwydd i ti."
What inspired your sign name and what do you think it says about you?
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- Sharing the challenges with your community group or workplace and creating responses together
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There is no pressure to complete the challenge everyday of the month, if simply reading the prompt brings new thoughts each day, or you create a physical response 31 days of the month, we encourage you to take part in a way that works best for you!