Adults with learning difficulties enlighten teachers.
They require us look deeper into how things can be made.
The Tamari making workshop gave each student a polystyrene ball, which they could wrap up in yarn. Pins could help them place yarns or control them if their hands were a bit shaky. The carers of our students also learned a lot. Many of them learned to collaborate on design, helping to find the right colours and use pins to make shapes.
Sheila has neatly placed direction in her winding and likes to see the colours coming through in shapes from the layer below.
Josie loves the pastel pinks and oranges, to match her hair which is strawberry blonde. She was wearing a shirt with a purple pattern, so we added a purple stripe to the ball. Not too much though, as the pinks were important.
Our workshop was on the day of the general election. There were a lot of red flags flying at the Trinity Community Centre in East Ham where we were working. Red yarn was the most popular .
The Candidate kept popping in to the centre to pick up her papers. Every time she did, the students nabbed her for a photo and gave her another red Tamari ball.
The pins allowed us to make shapes in the ball, which meant we could add letters! Here is 'L' for Labour.
One of the carers helped make a Tamari face.
Some of the tamari balls are unfinished and will keep getting bigger and bigger forever.
Together the balls make a lovely collection. We have all learned such a lot.