Remember when I went to Moorfield School in March? The hanging we made was inspired by Hundertwasser and another artist we contemplated was Picasso. When I left I gifted some white Merino and all the unused bits of wool and pre-felt to the school and I’m delighted to say that they went ahead and used them up.
Don’t you just love them? I think this second face was especially successful. Perhaps I should look out some of my scraps.
Having the scale plan on the wall allowed the students to see what we were working towards.
We began by making all the prefelts ready to cut into shapes for the buildings.
The wall plan was useful for tracing the outline of the building sections preparatory to cutting out. Using a white prefelt for the background, we could then start laying on the pieces.
Building it up piece by piece.
Three main colours were chosen for the building – pink, purple and yellow with red for the roofs. Orange was chosen for the new part of the building and grey with sparkly angelina fibres for all the windows.
Time to start adding detail.
Down to work. Working in teams to roll both with hands and then feet.
It was worth all the work.
It’ll be hung by the means of tabs on the top edge. You’ll notice these aren’t evely spaced so that if, in future, the school would like to hang it as a triptych it’ll be a simple process of cutting it into three.
The students were a pleasure to work with and this may have been a large project but it was fun.
I’ve been very lucky over the years to work regularly with Moorfield School in Ilkley and was invited back again this month. Each time I liaise with the teacher to see what the subject will be dependent upon what’s being studied and we’ve done everything from local scenes to poppy memorials.
The teacher thought we should do a local landmark like the cow and calf rocks and I thought perhaps we could do it in pop art style. We were looking to produce a wall hanging for in a stairwell and my next idea was that we produced a picture of the school and as I love Friedensreich Hundertwasser, we’d be inspired by his colourful style.
Now, who wouldn’t be inspired by this building? My plan was to have the children make prefelt which we could cut into the various shapes to construct the building. It would all be done in bright colours and with lots of pattern.
You can’t just turn up and hope it goes to plan, it needs advance work for which I need to thank Hubby for the time he spent on the floor drawing a scale plan with me.
Large isn’t it? The finished felt will be 1.5m wide by 75cm tall and of course we needed to start larger. It was quite a project.