School collage gets theatre billing

Ilfracombe Junior School pupils’ woven artwork heads to the Landmark.

A colourful seascape collage created in an art project by children from Ilfracombe Junior School has been given pride of place in the foyer of the Landmark Theatre.

The Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils have been learning the traditional art of weaving from local wool artist Linda Moore through the school’s “artist in residence” project.

For the past six weeks Linda has been working with them at her smallholding in Goodleigh, where they discovered the traditional techniques of dyeing, spinning and weaving on a variety of looms.

They used wool from Linda’s Angora goats plus Jacob and Shetland sheep, to follow the entire weaving process from start to finish.

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Linda also uses natural dyes such as onion skins, woad, indigo and St John’s Wort, which she grows herself. After sorting, carding and spinning the wool she weaves it into rugs, throws, table cloths and shawls. A qualified teacher, she now visits schools to run weaving workshops.

Ilfracombe teacher Gemma Poland said the school had worked with other artists and was looking to continue its Artist in Residence project, to strengthen links with local artists and to help the children experience the wealth of art on offer in North Devon.

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