Fibre art can take on many forms like weaving, quilting, collage and sculpture, and is best defined as “any artistic presentation with fibre as the main medium.” That leaves things pretty open, so I decided to make these collages monochromatic so kids could work on their colours. I also included bubble wrap, the first thing I found lying in my recycling junk box. It turns out to be really easy to sew, adds great texture, and works nicely with any colour grouping. And if the urge to pop becomes overwhelming, virtual bubble wrap is the place for you.
- decorative paper
- sewing machine or needle and thread
- other materials which can be sewn or glued to your collage eg. bubble wrap, mesh
- glue stick
- beads (optional)
1. Provide children with a big pile of possible materials to use for this project. Have them select and group together items of similar colour.
2. Select a thick paper or heavy fabric like jeans, to use as a base for the collage, and cut to whatever size you have chosen. Begin playing around with materials by cutting or tearing them, and layering them on top of each other. I found using a glue stick helps to keep things in place until they are sewn down.
3. If you have a sewing machine, this is a great opportunity to teach younger kids how to sew because these collages don’t require much precision. Sewing lines can be crooked and curvy and it will still look great. When sewing, just make sure nothing loops around the foot of the machine. If no machine is available, sewing by hand is also a great option. It will just take a bit longer.
4. Once the main pieces have been assembled and sewn, you may want to embellish the collage with some beads or threads. These can be sewn on by hand or glued.
There are some great shadow box frames available, even at dollar stores, that would be wonderful for displaying these collages. They can also make really interesting greeting cards, if glued on the front of a folded piece of colourful card stock.