School Project at Mountjoy School, Dorset
Over the Summer term of 2019, I was invited by Mountjoy School to create a sensory collaborative sculpture that would engage the students in the techniques and skills of rope making and knots. It is a special educational needs school which helps students from the age of 2 1/2 to 19. The school wanted to involve as many students from the school as possible and so the sculpture needed to be adapted to each students expertise and dexterity. It also needed to be constructed in a way that students in wheelchairs will be able to have access to the sculpture.
I liaised with the art teacher, Caroline Pledger, to organise the student’s participation in the workshops as well as working with a core group of students to come up with an idea for the sculpture. They all seemed to like the idea of using the school emblem, a puzzle piece, as the centre point of the sculpture. Caroline and I worked together to bring in the idea of using the Dorset Button as something they can make and hang on the sculpture. If you would like to know more about the history of the Dorset Button, please view it here.
To make sure each student has some participation in the sculpture I presented five different skills/techniques they could practice when I was at the school. These were:
A special thanks go to all the students that were involved, the art teacher Caroline Pledger, the maintenance man Harry, Dorset CC, Governors and parents who contributed towards the piece.
Dorset Buttons and Mountjoy schools emblem – hand-knotted rope, oak, plywood – 100 x 100 x 190 cm – 2019
Dorset Buttons and Mountjoy schools emblem – 2019 – Close up of large puzzle piece.
Dorset Buttons and Mountjoy schools emblem – 2019 – Close up of Dorset Buttons
Dorset Buttons and Mountjoy schools emblem – 2019 – Close up of hand-knotted rope
Dorset Buttons and Mountjoy schools emblem – 2019 – Close up of artist Edward Crumpton beside the piece