Artwork by a primary school student inspires the creation of a rug

ADRIAN — Artwork and the human eye for creativity is something people of all ages can appreciate and admire.

A perfect example of art bringing people together was on display Monday, December 18, during the weekly class gathering of Adrian’s Holy Family Parish’s Fiber Art Department (FAM), also known as the Friendly Art Ministry, which meets in Father Williams Hall at St. Joseph Campus of Holy Family Parish from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm every Monday.

It was there that third-grader Bella Ripple, a student at Tecumseh Public Schools’ Patterson Elementary, was introduced to Adrian resident Ken Hamlin, a FAM member, and saw firsthand a rug he recreated from a school art project she did. when she was in second grade at Tecumseh’s Sutton Elementary School.

The rug, made using the traditional rug hanging method, was an almost exact replica of a placemat that Ripple and her Sutton Elementary classmates made for a Lenawee County Retired Teacher/School Personnel meeting and luncheon held at the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD). .

Ripple’s pad is made to reflect the style and work of Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso and features predominant colors of blue, pink and green with some purple.

When asked if she had a specific design in mind when she started making the pad, Ripple said she didn’t, but “as soon as I started drawing, it all came together.”

The pad created by Ripple caught the attention of Hamlin, a retired Adrian Public Schools teacher. He said that his design exudes a lot of interest and creativity.

“I asked the lady in charge who did this?” he said. “Something about it clicked in my mind and told me it was an interesting concept.”

When Hamlin recreated the place mat into a rug, he said it took about two months of work before the product was complete. It is made of 100% wool. To make the colors like those in Ripple’s drawing, Hamlin said he had to dye certain parts of the wool.

Also, at least $300 worth of materials went into the carpet, Hamlin said, not to mention all the time spent on the project.

Coordinating Monday’s meeting also took several weeks.

Ripple was brought to the St. Joseph campus by her mother, Kylie, under the impression that she was taking an art class — which she was. FAM, founded and directed by Tammy Eaton, provides several different types of arts and crafts for attendees and participants to enjoy. Eaton was integral in bringing Hamlin and Ripple together, coordinating the surprise unveiling with Tecumseh schools and Ripple’s mother.

Ripple also brought their artwork with them.

“You already have very good artistic concepts,” Hamlin praised.

When she grows up, Ripple said she wants to be either an artist or a gymnast.

“I just love how if I draw, it makes me happy,” she said. Drawing is one of her favorite crafts/hobbies. Black, pink and blue are her favorite colors, she said.

“(Bella) loves art,” Kylie said. “It’s her favorite subject at school.”

Many of her daughter’s works are displayed in frames in their house, Kylie said.

“We have a toy room and it’s turned into an art room,” she said.

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Bella and Kylie were not only impressed with Hamlin’s rug creation, but honored that someone would take such an interest in an elementary school student’s artistic design.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s so cool,” Kylie said when looking at the rug created by Hamlin. “When I told (Bella) about it, it made her whole school year. She was so moved and shocked that someone would do this for her art.”

— Contact reporter Brad Heineman at [email protected] or follow him on X, formerly Twitter: twitter.com/LenaweeHeineman.

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