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Make your own artworks using textiles and found objects

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Lots of things can be wrapped up from buildings to cars...

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A covered car © Sarah Sanders

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A covered building © Sarah Sanders

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Textiles can be draped, hung and stretched over objects. This makes new, mysterious shapes.

Artists like Christo and Jeanne-Claude enjoy using textiles in their work too. Look at this enormous artwork called Wrapped Reichstag.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95. Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1995 Christo Source: christojeanneclaude.net

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The Reichstag building is in Berlin and it's under all that cloth! It took 100,000 square meters of silvery fabric and over fifteen kilometers (about 9 miles) of blue ropes to wrap this up! The artwork was allowed to stay for two weeks in the summer of 1995.

What an incredible sight it must have been!

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You are going to make your own artworks using stretched textiles and found objects.

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  • A piece of fabric
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  • An object
  • Camera
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© Sarah Sanders

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  • Find an object and wrap it in fabric.
  • Secure the fabric by wrapping round the string and tape.
  • Photograph your object. How has it changed? What does it look like now?
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© Sarah Sanders

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  • You don't need to use soft fabric. You could use kitchen foil or plastic. How does this change how your wrapped object looks?
  • Try wrapping objects of all different shapes and sizes: a melon, a chair, a brush, a toy, or a vegetable...
  • After you have wrapped up your object, imagine wrapping up an impossible object. Draw what this might look like. How about the moon?!
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Show us your wrapped objects

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