Author: Deborah

My work as researcher

I’ve been working in academia for the past four years, collaborating with field research, developing workshops and exchanging knowledge with very experienced humans such as Dylan Yamada-Rice, a Senior Tutor in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art as well as a Senior Research Manager at Dubit, a company specialising in research, strategy and development of digital content for children. Her research is at the intersection of experimental design and social sciences, focusing on the design of digital storytelling, games and play on a range of platforms such as apps, augmented and virtual reality, as well as new content for television. She specialises in experimental visual and multimodal methods for undertaking research using making as a way of knowing. She got interested in my work back in 2015 when I was experimenting with concepts of technology and play in childhood; and she brought me into a world I never thought I could be accepted, since I don’t have a degree. This actually turned out to be an asset for the academia world, since …

Pass the Crayon

I’ve teamed up with the NGO Pass the Crayon in 2019 and since then we’ve been creating a lot of workshops together! We even had a very exciting collaboration with the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) Berlin office in December! A number of events took place, finishing with an exhibition at their office. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Over the span of a couple of weeks, we created a giant mural together with the kids from Pankow for the IOM office in Berlin! We asked the kids to paint their dreams and ideas about the future and combined these paintings in the mural 💭⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We did a workshop with 50 kids at the École Voltaire ( French-German school in Berlin). We invited to the kids to create their own ‘drawbots’ 🤖 – robots that draw on paper by themselves. The robots drew patterns on an Earth map – representing the path that migrants cross since the beginning of the world to travel and establish themselves in other parts of the world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀And last but not least: on the 18th of December 2019, …

War Child and Pass the Crayon

I’m proud to present a new series of activities brought to you by a collaborative effort between the NGOs Pass the Crayon, War Child and my project Glück Workshops. We invite children and parents for mindfulness exercises conducted by my friend Martin, followed by a creative activity that I bring for you to play! For more information: warchild You can follow this project on my youtube channel!

Virtual Reality Workshop

Virtual Reality has much potential for enhancing children’s creativity and digital literacies. Read about my research in VR and childhood for MakEY Project.

Lecture at Pictoplasma Festival

Pictoplasma is a Contemporary Arts Festival focused on Character Design, happening in Berlin every year. I had the opportunity to showcase my work in front of a big audience.

Childhood Development & the Importance of Play: An Interview with Tartaruga Feliz

They say “it takes a village to raise a child.” In keeping with our ongoing commitment to impact producing, while bringing to birth such a multifaceted ‘child’ as the Congo Tales project, we needed many allies, guides and support along the way. To uncover and develop native stories through the eyes of children deep in the rainforest, we needed a strong community of dedicated and skilled individuals. To insure the health of this child, we needed a “village.” Deborah, better known as “Tartaruga Feliz”, was a very important part of this village, playing a vital role in the development stage of our project. In the very early stages of this work’s inception, she journeyed to Congo to volunteer within and also to teach the teacher program with SPAC. By initiating creative storytelling workshops that focused on character design, she was able to tap into a remarkable reserve of creative potential within the children of Odzala. Using her advanced skills in early childhood development, the results were remarkable and became a big inspiration for the project and its creative progression. …

About me

My name is Deborah Rodrigues (aka Tartaruga Feliz). I work with Art and technology. With Glück Workshops and my explorations in these fields, I bring ideas for activities with children, inviting them to participate in this discovery process with me. I work with children in very different parts of the planet, passing on my values and exploring the intersection of learning, interaction and play as a path to strengthen creativity.  I also participate in research in education in the field of Art and Technology for children. You can read about a research program on Virtual Reality and childhood with the University of Sheffield in England, and you can also explore a research about Virtual Reality and Play in collaboration with the Royal College of Art and the University of Tokyo here. Besides running Glück Workshops, I work as an illustrator and animator focused on childhood for more than 10 years. I participated in projects developing characters and illustrations for Disney Club Penguin and in exhibitions around the world. Exploring art and technology, I’m focused on bringing more empathy and love to the world. Here’s …