Winning at School

My artist in residency at the local High School continues for another term. This term I will be getting the students to focus on up cycling thrifted items but using printing (screen printing, stencils and painting) to transform their found articles rather than just sewing or refashioning. I am also hoping to get the spinners and weavers group in for a session to work with the students.

The above piece of fabric was one that I bought from Vinnie's for $1 and has more than three meters of new fabric in it. I cut this screen print as an example of patterns and with the help of a student we printed the whole piece in quick time. I saw a glimmer of inspiration when I mentioned what beautiful pillow cases and a skirt this fabricwould make. There was also great comment on how some of the crosses hadn't printed perfect but in fact this made the print just as, or even more, pleasing. I love the happy accidents.

Secondly at school this week I was asked to take a session for a program entiltled "Turn of the screen". Every activity mustn't have a screen included and completely hands on and technology free. I decided to take the session on making dream catches. When the project was reveled I got a satisfying and slighlty surprised response from the students - winning!!

To make a dream catcher it is a fairly simple process but requires the maker to be patient (I will make up a tute for making your own shortly). I made some large ones from old Hula Hoops and gigantic inspiration. We are going to display them all together at school in a huge group. I can't wait to see them all clumped together and I was extremely pleased with the outcomes of the lesson.

Just a couple of weeks left of my University learning - cannot wait for normality and stress/guilt free time. Even as I am writing this the sun is shining and I am feeling guilty for not doing my Uni work. Grrrr and sigh xxx

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.