Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Foraged art

All words and photography © Nina Nixon

One of the lovely things about forest school is that the children get to do all sorts of crafty stuff made from nature. Like a piece of art made from foraged 'things'.  

It's called a happy zone.

Tabi has been desperate to share this craft with us since she first started, so last week (when the sun was shining) we set about with a basket to see what we could forage from the garden to make a piece of art each.

I found some old sheeting as my fabric stash is (ironically) stashed away somewhere in a box amongst boxes.  I think we probably needed calico to achieve a truer result, but sheeting is all that we had.

You have to fold your fabric over in half and make a crease down the middle - then unfold it.  Fill as much as you like on one half with your foraged things and once you're happy with your arrangement fold the fabric back over (covering your chosen bits). 

Once completely covered start bashing with all your might to crush your items and reveal their pattern. Great to let off a little built up aggression.  

Don't forget to hang them out and let them dry.

Ferns work really well and so do flowers with patterns.  But hold back on the blackberries as they bleed through.

Tabi's original piece of 'foraged art' from forest school is pinned up with pride.  The girls are using their additional pieces as blankets for the fairies.  I have donated mine to the fairy cause as well - there may of been a little persuasion.  

If you have a go do let me know and leave a link in the comments box for us all to find and....admire.