Some years ago James Mayhew and I did a book called Starlight Sailor. At the heart of the book is a paper boat.
I had been fed up with walking into bookshops to be met with a wall of ‘product’ related things that linked to books. As a parent myself I know how hard it is sometimes to make ends meet and I wanted to make a book that had something that couldn’t be bought, but could be played with, for hours.
Now my lovely friend Karin also has a paper boat book, a gentle tale full of love called A Paper Boat for Panda. It is the first of her 3 books being launched at The Blue Ginger Gallery on 19th March, after the preview for The Peace of Wild Things exhib. ( 3 more to follow in June)
To celebrate she is asking people to make a paper boat and send it to the gallery. These will be ‘raffle tickets’, the prize being your own panda made in the shed of great making by Celestine and the Hare. For more about this read her blog post.
I was thinking how wonderful it would be if other artist friends of mine might make a boat. I spent the day yesterday working on just such a thing. Painting a sheet of paper to fold. I think the paper I used was a little too thick. I want to try to make one with gold leaf on too. Perhaps we might auction one or two later, from charity. I will ask Sue at Blue Ginger what she thinks. One of these will be the boat in which Celestine’s panda rides. The other is for Karin’s Little P. A boat for him to sail in the shed.
It was good to step sideways from work for a short while and play.
The instructions for making are on Celestine’s site. Also on the paper boat page on my website.
You can make boats to take out and play with, wax them so they float for longer, string them up to make mobiles, boats of different sizes, write wishes inside them or worries and let them float away, build rivers of fabric for them to float on, whatever. The limit is only your own imagination. They make a wonderful activity for a whole class.
And I urge you to take a look at Celestine’s website and the gentle and playful world she creates. The books are just lovely, threaded through with kindness and love and sharing. In a busy world they bring calm. Her films are a delight ( my particular favourite is the hedgehog film, with soundtrack from Mike Harding).
So, make a boat, send it to Blue Ginger, or better still come yourself. Don’t forget to put your name in or on the boat. It’s a better world in the land of Celestine and the Hare.