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Books are like Butterflies…

Books and butterflies both open to surprise, excite and delight us with their hidden images and beauty

20th April 2010

Over 600 children, young people, their families and friends attended the inaugural Yatton Village 'Creation Inspiration Day' on Saturday 6 March, where they had the opportunity to attend a wide variety of creative workshops provided by Find Your Talent cultural partners based in the Nailsea & Backwell hub.

One of the central workshops of the day was the hugely popular Textile Art workshop which produced a piece of collaborative art work for the local library. The workshops enabled all ages within the community to come together in a local place to see the work they contributed to. The workshop helped to foster a a greater sense of belonging.

The children and their parents and carers were invited to decorate a butterfly depicting a favourite book or story; or to create their own story about their butterfly. The background was made before the day and a wide choice of fabric butterflies were ready for children to choose from to suit their story. Then a range of colourful materials were laid out to use to decorate the butterflies. There were ribbons, buttons, scraps of fabric, felt, lace and sequins for children to freely choose from.

The materials made a vibrant, colourful display to excite and inspire. Sewing, sticking, weaving, threading and drawing were all employed to create the wonderful butterflies which were then laid on the background ready to be finally attached.

Children had complete control over their design process and put their ideas into action, with a little help from their parents and carers. There were so many butterflies in the end that two banners needed to be made!  The finished banners are both hanging in Yatton’s library along with a list of participants.

“The creative ideas of the children of Yatton Schools was wonderful to witness. It was such a pleasure to work with them. Thank you to everyone who took part.”

Sally Corney, artist