The Golden Tapestry was a project for primary and special schools across the Commonwealth. Hundreds of thousands of children contributed their own ideas and portrayed their own lives and experiences in a unique collaborative artwork that has been exhibited around the world. Through working on the Golden Tapestry children have learnt to see their lives in a global perspective, to take pride in their own communities and culture and to understand and respect others.
To complete our garden project we worked with the local blacksmith, Arthur Dewberry, to design and make not only a garden gate but a fantastic piece of artwork. Arthur worked in school and the children had an opportunity to visit his workshop to experience, first hand, working in metal.
Each Tuesday lunchtime the children worked with the Embroiderers’ Guild to produce a cover for the back of the school piano. The Embroidery Club is popular with boys and girls and, as you can see, the results are fantastic.
Using a variety of techniques, the children produced a tripych based on the Peak Distict National Park which was displayed in Macclesfield Town Hall during the town’s annual Barnaby Arts Festival.
We invited Andrew Seddon, glass artist, to work with the children to create a wonderful stained glass window for the school. Many, many years ago the school was used as a chapel – and continues to be used for church services each month. In the hall we have very large arched windows which cry out for some colour. What better way than with stained glass.