We held two workshops at the Treehouse this week, making Mandalas on day one followed by Waxed Leaf mobiles and Teasel Hedgehogs on day two.
Mandalas are usually seen in Asia, the Tibetan word for mandala means “that which encircles a center”. Most types of mandalas are used in Buddhism, where you place symmetrical patterns in a circle. The process is very relaxing and used as a form of meditation.
For our mandalas we used locally sourced natural materials. Many of the leaves were collected from Attadale Gardens (Thank you) so we had a huge range of colours and shapes to work with. A favorite being the Japanese Acer leaves. Traditionally a mandalas are dismantled at the end to demonstrate that nothing lasts forever. Unable to destroy our beautiful works of art we opted to cherish them forever by gluing them to card & taking them home.
On our second day we melted bees wax and dipped selected leaves to hang from driftwood twigs (kindly donated by one of our participants); producing intricate waxed leaf mobiles to hang on display back home.
After sharing bakes & hot chocolate (thanks for all the yummy cakes) we set about making our Teasel Hedgehogs. Teasels are brilliant plants for birds, bees & butterflies. The pink pollen covers the summer bees, whilst in the autumn goldfinches are drawn irresistibly to tease out the shining black seeds from in amongst the brown spikes of the seed head. As the seed heads were reincarnated into a hedgehogs we collected & shared the seeds to all plant up next year….. continuing the life cycle. Using some clay we attached hedgehog heads to the teasel spiky bodies to transform into a Hedgehog. Some of our hedgehogs had larch cone eyes and rowan noses, perhaps a new take on red nose day.
Thanks to all those that attended, Attadale Gardens for the leaves & to Lochcarron Community Development Company for the use of the Treehouse as a venue.