This following project is one that was newly rediscovered.
I had introduced Filipino textiles and weavings to the 1st graders and they created a mixed media collage inspired by examples that I shared with them. In these weavings there is a combination of geometric and natural shape patterning. Sometimes the balance is tilted more towards the geometric, sometimes towards the natural. The style of these weavings is abstract in style, the artisans are not concerned with making things look 3d in their designs.
The weavings were worn or used in different ways, and originally only the wealthy wore the fancy ones on special occasions. The colors used to dye the thread and fabric came from plants and other natural sources as well.
Students cut strips of similar colors to create the stripe pattern first. Then I gave them scraps of fancy wallpaper to add geometric shapes to their paper design. The final step was to add patterns using natural shapes with a marker over top of the patterns they already created.
This project was a big hit with the kids because our site has a large Filipino community and the students love to share how many times they have visited the Philippines and who in their family still live there.
It's good to be back!