Charlotte worked throughout May and June 2014 with 20 youngsters from Primary 5/6. One of the reading rooms in the school was converted into a wet felt making studio and allowed the pupils to gain hands-on experience and confidence in felt-making while sharing ideas for the collaborative felt sculpture. The three dimensional sculpture was entitled Volcano of Dreams (2014) after anonymous vote during the final session which included ceremonial popping of the bubble wrap used in the wet felt making of the project.
Work-in-progress: For a glimpse of the journey to the top of the Volcano of Dreams (2014) please browse through our project documentation here.
Acknowledgements: Charlotte’s artist residency at Abbeyhill Primary School throughout 2014 was supported by a City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grant | Abbeyhill Primary School and Abbeyhill Primary School Parent Council.
Artist’s Statement: Volcano of Dreams (2014) in the artist’s own words
See more: Charlotte’s felt work was also on view at 44 Maryfield | Venue 3 as part of the 9th Colony of Artists in September 2014.
Meet the artist: Visitors to the 9th Colony of Artists at Abbeyhill Primary School were able to meet Charlotte and and some of the exhibiting pupils for a hands-on session of wet felt making on each day of the festival at 2.30-4pm.
Pop-up Art Shop: Inspired by the Volcano of Dreams (2014) Abbeyhill pupils and parents got together for a craft evening led by artist-in-residence Jasmin Hannah Sutherland and created a series of exclusive felt accessories including pure wool bunting, magic wands and brooches which were available at the Pop-up Art Shop with all the proceeds supporting the school.
Black Sheep Felt: Following her successful artist residency at Abbeyhill Primary School in 2014 Charlotte founded her own felt education practice Black Sheep Felt and started one of her first Black Sheep Felt Clubs at the school for pupils from Primary 2 to 7.