Sharing and developing ideas… and a spot of guerrilla gardening

October 18, 2010

My friend Lily, who is incredibly creative, kindly shared a post on her blog last week about shrunken apple faces: “gurning in the natural world”, or “from scrumping to scary”. See her post here:
Its a delightful activity for any age: sweet smelling, juicy, providing free food and a nice way of introducing tool use to children in the form of potato peelers. The end results are amazing and remarkably varied! We then talked about developing it for a Wacky Woods showcase event I’m doing for Halloween at the wonderful new Treacle Market in Macclesfield by adding leafy capes and hats and creating wonderful characters that could be used to enhance some spooky story telling/role play.

I started to make my own shrunken apple face and to play around with it. It looked gruesome enough but there was something missing, it looked skeletal but not enough: I thought it needed some “garnishing”.

Shrunken Apple face 1

Ruminating, late at night, as usual, I remembered a wonderful pair of ladies I encountered at the first Just So Festival this summer. The beautifully and extravagantly dressed Lady Gardeners were handing out little seed bombs: perfectly formed little balls of clay filled with wild flower seed that you could toss anywhere in anticipation of a future wild flower garden springing up. Guerrilla gardening! And that’s when it came to me: how to garnish my shrunken apple face and apply a bit of guerrilla gardening of my own… so…

My shrunken apple head (who is affectionately know as Erik) now has spectacular ear hair in the form of aquilegia seed pods, parsley seed hair, bushy eyebrows of lavender seed and of course contains his own inner core of apple seeds.

Shrunken Apple face 2

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