This project looked at the interconnectivity of all living beings. To use a phrase from the ‘Earth Charter,’ we were looking with the children at the ‘Earth Community.’ By sharing our skills we were making connections to the school community and together experiencing the materiality of wool. We examined the unique properties of wool and talked about how it is undervalued in our community.
With the wool the children experienced many processes of making with the material; skirting, scouring, carding and spinning. Leading on from that they did weaving, felting, finger-knitting and pom-pom making.
We practiced ‘Loving Kindness,’ meditation at the beginning of each session. This became a part of the process. It was a way to understand our interconnectedness with all living beings and to raise ecological awareness. To give the emotional support of compassion when approaching each other and the world particularly helping with resilience in the face of future ecological challenges.
They joined their works together and created an outdoor site-specific collaborative installation, a ‘Felted Flower Fence.’