We led a paper marbling and a kaleidoscope-making workshop at the day festival in Waterloo, London. Kids decorated their kaleidoscopes with marbled art made from aged newspapers. The patterns made in the kaleidoscopes were created with waste plastics such as sweet wrappers and straws.
The theme of this year’s carnival was science, for which we developed the magic marbling and kaleidoscope-making workshops. Marbling = chemistry; kaleidoscopes = physics
It was a colourful festival, the highlight of which was the carnival procession with incredible costumes like the stilt walker in this post’s thumbnail.
Vauxhaul MP Kate Hoey attended the carnival and expressed an interest in our waste workshops. I told her we work with scrap and waste materials because craft activities tend to produce a lot of unnecessary landfillable waste and we endeavor to minimise the impact of the art we create.
Marbling was a great success, though I don’t think it registered with the kids that they were using unusual papers (aged maps and newspapers). I think they’d have been content to marble anything. Note to self – save quality papers for adult workshops!