I visited the National Wildflower Centre in Merseyside yesterday – it is such a lovely place for a day out – full of colour and interest and perfect for adventurous young children to explore.
The NWC has commissioned me to work with local groups of children to create outdoor mosaics for a new butterfly garden. We’re calling it the “Flutterby Project”. With the expertise of the NWC gardeners working on the planting and our artwork, this garden will become a vibrant celebration of our very beautiful and extensive British native butterflies.
One of the groups that we will be working with is the Royal School for the Blind in Wavertree. The Artful Splodgers – the after school children’s art club that I c0-run with two other artists on Tuesday evenings in Chorlton – had a think about this with me at yesterday’s session. We considered the textures of a variety of materials we had available and thought about how we could use them to make very tactile collage images of two common British butterflies.
The Artful Splodgers have asked me to take their two works of art to the Royal School for the Blind when I go to visit there next week. They are hopeful that the children at the blind school will be able to appreciate the butterfly images and are looking forward to hearing what they think about them.