We have been working with the fantastic Year 5 and Year 6 children at Manor Lodge School to create an embroidered and embellished train for Mary Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned at Manor Lodge for 14 years.
Taking Tudor interests as a starting point, each child embroidered a shield with their initials, drew a miniature portrait using Shrinkles plastic (which magically shrinks to 7 times its size in the oven!) and wrote a secret coded message using calligraphy pens and ink, which they sealed with wax.
Soo and Charlie then sewed these onto the train to create a beautiful piece of art, which will be worn by Mary, Queen of Scots at the Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios event the weekend starting Friday 20th November. She will make an appearnace wearing the train at Manor Lodge itself between 11am and 12.30pm on Sunday 22nd November.
The project is run in collaboration with lead artist Paul Evans and Yorkshire Artspace. For more information please follow the link to the COCOA artists blog