Romsey Abbey Baby And Toddler Group have decorated a pillar in Romsey Abbey for Harvest Festival for the last few years and this year Ruth Myerscough-Jackopson (another artist) and I joined them to coordinate all the arty bits. Rhiannon, who runs the group organised a trip earlier on in the year to see The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr Exhibition at Mottisfont and thought this would be a great theme to base the pillar on.

Rhiannon and I then went down to the Abbey, picked, reserved and measured the pillar we wanted and then a few weeks later we all got our heads together and thrashed out a few ideas. Our design and planned art activities changed so many times over the weeks we worked on it but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

We planned 5 weeks of The Tiger Who Came To Tea themed activities for the Romsey Abbey Baby And Toddler Group. Ruth and I planned and ran the art activities and Rhiannon, as always, did a great job of running the rest of the group. The families who came to the group created lots of amazing artwork and the whole thing just evolved and came together over the weeks.

Rhiannon and Ruth found a great piece of cat/tiger patterned fabric at Southampton Scrapstore and wanted this to be used to make the tiger so I took it home and painted this giant tiger face onto it.

We also found another brilliant scrap of fabric covered in colourful balloons that we thought would be great for a base and then pulled everything together to attach to that and a strip of chicken wire and put it up in Romsey Abbey.

There were lots of other fabulously decorated pillars up in the building, made by different individuals or organisations and they were all up for the abbey’s harvest festival service. However unfortunately, unlike previous years, the Abbey asked for the pillar art to be taken down again after they’d only been up for three days, so many people didn’t get to see their art on display. I hope these pictures help though and can I just say a massive thank you to everyone that contributed. I am really proud of what we all made together!

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