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SCULPTURE PRIZE FOR SCHOOLS


* AN INTERNATIONAL ART PRIZE FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN UP TO AGE 18

Wheel
Wheel
Photo Description:
I have been influenced by Chris Drury's medicine wheel where he wires in natural objects (shells, sticks, feathers etc). The main technique that I have been using throughout the project is weaving, and I have used 2 weaves on The Wheel. The weaves are inspired by Kilim Rugs, (with their use of symbol) and a type of African fabric: Asante Kente Cloth. In the Kilim-inspired weave I have used the symbol of a snake at the centre of the design (a symbol that I saw woven into examples of these rugs). Also as a part of the project I have researched dream catchers, making some of my own, and a meaning I have often associated with this work is 'warding off evil spirits' (the dream catchers catching the bad dreams, but allowing the good dreams to continue through the centre of the web to protect the one sleeping). This purpose also relates to African masks (another topic I researched). Therefore, I have intended the snake to have a similar purpose, scaring off evil spirits. The Asante Kente Cloth is a very traditional type of weaving, with deep meaning: each colour is symbolic of something (eg. red represents blood). I have primarily experimented with the materials I have used with this weave, using: grass, wool, raffia, strips of plastic bag, and feathers as an accessory.
Author
Abigail Farnworth , 15 yrs