Rare Birdlife Spotted at Knutsford Moor
Patricia recently joined forces with Macclesfield Borough Council, Friends of The Moor and the Knutsford Heritage Centre to share her vision as a professional artist and help the locals create some beautiful pieces of community artwork that will be displayed in the town for years to come.
More than 150 residents took part in this project that united young and old alike as they worked together to create 3 spectacular bird mosaics. The workshops mark the first of a number of art projects planned for Knutsford during Spring 2009.
The overriding aim of the project is to involve the local community in The Moor and its wildlife whilst helping to promote and preserve the distinctive character of this important area of green space. Over coming weeks, schools and community groups will be making more plaques of mythical birds to contribute to a major summer exhibition at the Heritage Centre.
Knutsford resident Mrs Coleman worked on the feather detail of one of the Red Billed Sneezer Birds … “Patricia explained the general concept and some techniques and then left us to do our creative best! It was ever so therapeutic sticking the tiles down and very rewarding to see the design taking shape in front of your eyes! … Its quite straightforward so even the younger children could enjoy having a go!”
Local school-boy Jordan (10) commented ‘It was great fun cutting the tiles and seeing everyone else sticking themb on… I’d love to do it again!’
Patricia was recently featured on the BBC Culture Show and has plenty of experience in community projects, including the ‘Mandy Mandala’ Superlambanana mosaic design that sold at auction for £25,000 and is now in the Liverpool’s World Museum. She explains “I’m passionate about creating art, and even more passionate about helping others discover their creativity. Working on a collaborative art project is one way of doing this. By being part of a community and playing even a small part in producing a piece of public art can instil a sense of pride and ownership, and a sense of place. I’m delighted to involved in this exciting project.”
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