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Paper Making

This little project made good use out of our beautiful paper coral reef, made during our 'In Deep' project. We began this project with an open session at Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, one of many activities which were part of  #JoCox #GreatGetTogether in June


We recycled most of our coarl reef and turned it back into the most beautiful paper with help from the faulous adults from Enfield Down Honley and Ponderosa Day centre Heckmondwike. Together learning the art of paper making.

This project was funded by One community, Magic Little Grants & Holme Valley South Members local project Fund.



An Exploration of Materials

In Deep Project

In Deep was an eighteen month long project, we attempted to tackle two very large topics. 'In Deep' in terms of the vast beauty of our wonderful oceans and 'In Deep' trouble as a planet if we dont all think about our use of everyday materials.

And in particular where these two topics collide!

This project was produced in collaboration with the wonderful kids from ten different fabulous schools...

Netherhall Learning Campus,

Holmfirth Junior, Infant & Nursery school,

Meltham C E Primary School,

Brockholes CE School,

Netherton Infant and Nursery School,

Upperthong Junior and Infant School,

Helme C E Academy,

Shepley First School.

Holme Junior & Infant School

The Creative Media School.

And the incredible adults from...

Bridgewood Trust Armitage Bridge,

Enfield Down Honley,

The Mission Huddersfield,

Ponderosa Day Centre Heckmondwike.

We used the project as a way of exploring materials, to help us think about the materials we use, reuse and recycle.

This wonderful project was punctuated with a interactive and informative public exhibition in the centre of Huddersfield.

More exhibition photos and info to come, but for now please enjoy these process pictures.



Lighting up the dark project.

A ten-week recruiting project to explore the art of lantern making.

This project gave us a chance to find and introduce new members to our wonderful group.

Looking at the art of lantern making, how lanterns have been made historically and artistically.

There are three general types of paper lanterns:

    •    Hanging lantern - the oldest type of paper lantern used for illumination. They are generally carried, hung, or mounted on stands.

    •    Sky/flying lantern - a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended. Also known as flying lanterns, sky candles and fire balloons.
In China, Taiwan and Thailand sky lanterns are traditionally made from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame. The source of hot air may be a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material.
In Brazil and Mexico sky lanterns were traditionally made of several patches of thin paper (locally called "silk paper"), in various bright colours, glued together to make a multi-coloured polyhedron shell. A design that was fairly common was two pyramids joined by the base sometimes with a cube or prism inserted in the middle.

  •    Water/floating lantern - paper lanterns that float on the surface of water.  Also known as a river or lake lamps depending on the water body in which the water lamp is floated.
The water lamp originated in India and later spread to Southeast Asia and East Asia due to influence of Hindu-Buddhist cultural diffusion.
The Water Lantern has been used in traditional Chinese festivals such as the Lantern festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year, and even Christmas in some places like Hong Kong. In Japan “Tōrō nagashi” is a ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns down a river.This activity is traditionally performed on the final evening of the Bon festival in the belief that it will help to guide the souls of the departed to the spirit world. This peaceful custom is a gesture of respect for those who have died and gives participants a moment to think about their ancestors, loved ones or even past pets.  

During this project we explored different materials, staring with the simplest and building to the more technical methods and materials.Using simply card and inks and paper then wool, balloons and tissue paper and finally bringing in a expert willow worker the wonderful  Wendy Bristow of Twigs and Sprigs to teach us some of her skills.