I am so excited to be involved with the Keepsake project commissioned by Rural Arts. I am one of seven artists that have been commissioned to work across Yorkshire. So it feels REALLY exciting to be working in my local area of Skipton. I am fairly new to the area, so this is my first local project. The idea of the project is to work with the community that have felt most isolated due to COVID 19.
I wanted to expand on my Happiness project and wanted to incorporate their designs into the final piece. There is a lot more detail and the communities` designs to add, butthis is the design I`ve come up with inspired by nature and Yorkshire architecture…..
I`ll be sharing more soon and writing to the participants to ask them to create their design.
Click the video below to see the community mandala start to come together…. More than 250 people were involved in this project; primary school children and adult outreach groups. The design was inspired by the beautiful Bolton Museum collections.
It was around this time last year- (gosh that seems a long time ago), it was snowing… I facilitated a workshop with the children from Belmont Primary School, near Bolton. I thought their designs were fantastic and could not believe how creative they were….
I worked with just over sixty children from Belmont Primary and each produced a leaf design. Their designs appear in gold and have been etched into a thin plastic to create the central part of the mandala.
This piece was supposed to be exhibited last summer, but for COVID reasons had to be cancelled….I still plan to exhibit it outside and hopefully it will tour around the schools and community centres who have been involved in the project.
A photo of their original designs from last January…
then their wonderful designs were put into a computer, so they could be laser cut and engraved.click her to see a video of the central mandala coming together. I will post more images of the Mandala in the next few days.
It feels like this piece keeps evolving on it`s own! I think I could go on adding to it forever! But finally it feels like it is nearing completion now and I am ready to move on to other exciting projects.