School’s Out!

No, I don’t mean my daughter is home for the holidays, I have finally finished all the work with the primary schools in Skipton. Some of you may have read that I sent two of the hangings back without taking photos but here for your delight are two which didn’t slip through the net.

As you may have guessed, the theme is World Cup. There was no way we could have avoided that theme this year. Each of the children involved from Greatwood Primary made a piece of pre-felt to their own design and then we put them all together to make one hanging.

The theme here is Global Awareness. Children at Parish Church school were invited to submit designs then we looked at which elements appeared time and time again and composed a hanging from those elements. Lots of teamwork to achieve this in a short space of time.

I think the children from all schools have done fantastic work and once I have them back for the Art in the Pen exhibition I’ll show you all six together.

2 down 4 to go

It’s been a very busy week as I’ve been out and about working with the six schools in Skipton, to produce felt wallhangings for display at Art in the Pen. This has been my first opportunity all week to blog and I hope you like what you see. First up is the work by year six children of St.Stephen’s Catholic School.

Culture is the theme to reflect that they have children from over ten countries in their school. Each child produced a picture and we made the winning entry as the wallhanging. The background has carded fibres and recycled sari silk fibres. Next up is the work by year five and six children from Ings Community Primary School.

You can probably guess the theme – seaside. The artwork was based on work they’d been doing around seaside and a trip to the beach on the previous day. We’ve incorporated pieces of fishing rope and broken glass found on the beach. Haven’t they all done well.

A busy week ahead

My daughter returns to school after the half term break tomorrow but there’ll be no sitting down for me. On Tuesday and Wednesday I’m attending a masterclass in feltmaking by Rutsuko Sakata. Rutsuko’s work is very different to mine and I’m really looking forward to learning new techniques.

Before I have chance to recover from this two day intensive training I’ll start work with six primary schools in Skipton to produce wall hangings in felt. I’ve been fortunate to be chosen to work with the Mart Theatre to deliver workshops to local schools. Each school will produce a wallhanging to their own theme (so far we have: culture, sense of place, sense of community, seaside, worldcup) which will be displayed at the Art in the Pen show in August and then at the premises of HML in Skipton. HML is the sponsoring company whithout which this project wouldn’t be happening. I hope to show you some of the children’s work over the next few weeks. It’s an exciting time.