Inspired by the mini tree house made by Paula Briggs and her daughter from The Studio Project, I set about organising a workshop for budding architects at the Art Cabin.
Thick branches were set in plaster using an up-turned plastic bowl with a hole cut in the base as a mould. Clingfilm was placed under the bowl and wrapped up around it. Clay secured the clingfilm to the bowl and work surface so that the poured plaster couldn’t seep out. (One mould did let me down and the plaster went everywhere, the mess was impressive).
Once the base had hardened, small flags were stuck on all twig ends so that eyes weren’t poked whilst working.
Boxes of cardboard, fabric, foam, string, raffia etc were put out for the children to choose building materials. Imaginations were let loose and before long the tree houses featured all mod cons, plunge pools, rope ladders, swings, slides and rooms on different levels. Dolly peg people were made and I was very pleased to see that there was one called Sharon with red hair – Barbie may have competition….