Intergenerational project

These dazzling pieces were developed by young people attending Camden Youth Offending Team workshops, working in collaboration with several older people from Marchmont Community Centre in Kings Cross over Summer 2012. I began once again by looking at issues around happiness, and factors that contribute to happiness or indeed increase it. I then encouraged everyone to have a go with some easy drawing techniques on the theme of nature. I wanted to explore  the idea that being active in nature stimulates happiness. We visited Marchmont Community Gardens, a gem of a stunning, biodiverse, restored local garden. Maybe I should call the methods we used ‘bad drawing’ as they involved scribbly drawings using your opposite hand or ‘blind drawings’ where your drawing is covered up, and sgraffito (scratching into pastel). The next stage was for everyone to create pre-felts and for everyone to finally develop their scribbles and sketches into wool drawings. We spent the final session felting, rubbing, rolling and fixing with felting needles. I’m off to install the works tomorrow so will add new pics soon.

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