Willow Village (2016)

Elisa Guietti and Evelyn Jardine with Primary 2 pupils

spacial installation with paintings on paper and willow sculptures
paper, acrylics, oil pastels, willow, cardboard, glue

Willow Village (2016) came into being after days of creative play and construction willow work. It is inhabited by the life-size, hand-drawn selfies and silhouette of the young people as well as their own take on the e-moji culture bursting with colour-coded emotions. The ‘e-mojis’ were inspired by Elisa Guietti‘s little ‘blue strawberry’ characters:

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This foray into portraiture dominated the first two sessions in the classroom. The floor was transformed into a giant paper carpet to lie on and get outlined by a friend. Everybody enjoyed striking a pose full of excitement before colouring-in their own body print (and some of their white socks) with the bright oil pastels:

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The oil pastel resist technique led way to the wet on wet painting with sponges, brushes and rollers exploring the colour wheel of e-moji emotions. How does orange make us feel? What is the colour of frustration?  Why does art make us happy?

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CofA BeeShowing as part of the 11th Colony of Artists 2016 at Abbeyhill Primary School Infant Building which opens to the public for the first time Co-curated by Margaret Allan and Iliyana Nedkova as part of the ongoing artists-in-residence programme at the school Facilitated by Sally Ketchin and Keith Martin Supported by The National Lottery through the Big Lottery Awards for All


Did you know: Elisa Guietti and Evelyn Jardine are also community art workers at The Alma Project – the charity featured at Abbeyhill Primary School Infant Building exhibiting the ceramic and batic artwork devised in their regular community arts sessions especially for the 11th Colony of Artists.

 

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