On a perfect Autumn day our group met on Wimbledon Common for 2 days of art making using natural materials found in the woodland.
We discussed the Samhuin idea of souls trapped inside animals and how we could release them by making an image.
During a short exploration of our surroundings we foraged for basic materials, learnt some basic knots, lashings and skills to manipulate twigs.
In groups we quickly made some animal shapes.
Can you spot the animal?
We then got to work translating our ideas into wood.
By the end of the afternoon we all had animals gently swinging in the breeze. We discussed again the idea of Samhuin, Halloween or All Souls night being the time of year when the veil between this world and another world is at its thinnest – and the souls of our animals were released into the forest!
Tomorrow we will learn other skills to transform our base into a magical art installation for our parents to enjoy.