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.
This is a sneak preview of the community Mandala… taken from the illustrator design (the programme that it needs to go on to be laser cut), you can`t see all the detail, but the red lines will be engraved and the black lines are to be cut.
The width of the Mandala will be 2 metres, laser cut from a thin black plastic with a layer of gold underneath, so the engraved parts will be gold.
It seems a long time ago now…but it was only March (pre-lock down) that I had an amazingly creative morning with All Saints Primary School near Bolton. Last week I managed to get their designs onto the computer, it was a really hot day- thanks Ruby for bringing me presents to motivate me!
I can really start to visualise what they`re going to look like now…..
I am very happy to say I have almost got the designing part done! I`ll post a preview of the Mandala in the next couple of days!