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Flowers

Summary

This activity will see children creating beautiful and unique island flowers.

Rationale

The use of flowers is quite evident in Torres Strait Islander culture, as in many other Pacific cultures. Flowers are incorporated in fabric for island dresses, leis, island shirts and used as a decorative element for traditional celebrations, ceremonies and artefacts.

Key concept

Design, shape, size, colour and symmetry

Key language

Folding, up-cycling, Torres Strait

Materials

Plain or recycled paper
Textas, crayons or colouring pencils 
Scissors
Stickers
Glue or sticky-tape on dispenser

Step 1: Introduction 

Show the children images of Torres Strait Islander costume and artwork which depict flowers. You can find links to useful websites in the Tips section at the end of this activity.

Strategic questions:

Step 2:  Decorating

Ask children to do a drawing on an A5 piece of paper or recycle an old drawing or artwork, cutting this down to an A5 size if required.  Talk to children about patterns and colours and ask them to think about what they would like their flower to look like.  It is important that children understand they are making aesthetic decisions and not simply following a process.

Step 3:  Folding

Fold the piece of paper in half, then fold again into quarters creating a square or rectangular shape.
  

Step 4: Draw on the cutting pattern and cut

Ask children what shape they want their flower to be. Will their flower have a lot of petals? Will the petals be round or spikey?  Show children an example of a pre-folded and cut flower.

Locate the double-folded corner, which will be the centre of the flower, draw on the petals of the flower – then cut around the line to cut out the flower (refer to tips for cutting instructions).

Step 5:  Unfold and re-fold

Once you have cut out your flowers petals, unfold the paper then refold in the opposite direction.

Fold the flower into a 4-pointed star. Then tease out and bend individual petals. Curl petals by using an index finger and thumbnail pulling through (similar technique to curling a ribbon on a gift).

Depending on strength of paper and fingers, adjust pressure, until the result is a nice curve.

Step 6:  Final step – Giving your flower a stamen

Using a sticker, give your flower a stamen. Put the stamen-sticker in the middle! This can be either just flat, or the sticker can be put in the centre of the folded flower, helping to maintain the cupped shape.

Your flower is complete! Now you can try and design your very own flower or try another template using the other examples above!

Why not create a whole garden full of flowers or a lei to wear.

Tips

References (images/information of flowers in the Torres Strait)

 

Last updated: 17th September 2012

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