Three sessions were held throughout the summer programme. Handmade Parade had approached and arranged with Project _Twelve;31 to deliver the sessions where a total of 20 young people attended across the three sessions, creating very detailed and imaginative wind socks.
They created designs on silk using dye to make wind socks called Koinobori by drawing patterns & dying fabric.
They were then allowed to flutter in the wind in Shibden Park. The custom is followed in Japan on Children’s Day, which takes place on May 5, the last day of Golden Week, the largest break for workers and also a week in which businesses usually close for up to 9–10 days. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honour of children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.
The fantastic work was displayed on Saturday 9 September 2017 at Shibden Hall, Halifax, as part of the Heritage Open Day
Fly! is a community engagement project in partnership with Handmade Parade, Yorkshire Water and Pennine Prospects that aims to use the arts and kite making to encourage local people to access the South Pennine landscape.