Tremendous Trees Collage

Awesome Autumn!

October has been a month of tremendous trees, lovely leaves and spooky spiders!

We kicked off out first workshop in October at Fosse Recreation Ground, where we took wax rubbings (known as frottage) from leaves, bark and other natural items. Liz then aided participants in creating their own frottage booklets by sewing a simple binding using embroidery thread and plastic needles.

On Saturday 15th October we held our first workshops in Melton Mowbray at the Country Park, using the craft room run by Melton Space, who have been extremely accommodating of us. Participants observed the trees in the country park, collected leaves, twigs, earth and fallen seeds, and created their woodland collages. We provided photocopies of animals from nature books, so that the woodland imagery could be inhabited by suitable creatures, some chose owls and other birds of prey, some participants added foxes and hedgehogs. Following this, the 18th of October was Important Insects day at Melton Country Park. We showed participants how to create a make-shift printing screen using an embroidery hoop and old tights, provided tote-bags, fabric paint and insect imagery for inspiration. In this session we saw some fantastic outcomes of screen printing, with all the young people getting thoroughly stuck in. Some even used the opportunity to create their own sweets collection bag for Halloween, adorning their tote bags with pumpkins, instead of insects!

On Thursday 20th October we held our Spooky Spiders workshop at the Highfields Centre. Here, participants made their own ‘stained glass window’ designs featuring spiders. They also got to create polymer clay spiders and paint the giant, Modroc ant sculpture that was created by participants during the Amazing Ants workshop at Rally House in August.

We completed our series of 2022 workshops with our Autumn Crowns activity in Western Park. The park offered us a visual feast of fallen leaves, conkers and displays of mushrooms. You can see in the photograph below how much Shama and Liz loved their crowns! Participants decorated their card headbands by stapling on their chosen leaves and natural items. Once everyone had created their crowns, we paraded around the park, showing off our natural head gear to all.

We would like to thank all the families that attended the workshops this year, and say well done to the participants who got stuck in, tried new processes and techniques and learned some things about nature too.

We look forward to welcoming the community back to our series of free workshops in April. These will run alongside our international open call exhibition. Sign up to our mailing list to ensure you hear all about them.