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On Friday 27th March Brian and Charlie from Omnibus became part of the ‘Born to Shine Collective’ for a day of performances and workshops at the St Mungo’s Broadway client fair at Conway Hall.

St Mungo’s Broadway provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and works to prevent homelessness.

Omnibus Visual Arts has worked in partnership with St Mungo’s Broadway by running weekly art workshops at the Well-being Centre in Wix’s Lane Clapham since the beginning of 2014.

We set up a craft stall using wire and coloured tissue paper and lolly sticks to make small colourful sculptures.

This is how it worked:

1. You take a stick, a lolly stick or a piece of twig in one hand and about half a meter of thin gauge wire in the other.

2. Choose a subject such as a flower, animal or insect. Examples are on show to help illustrate the idea.

3. Wind one end of the wire round the stick to anchor it and make a loop of wire to represent a wing or a petal and wind it round the stick again.

4. Continue this process until your sculpture is complete as a wire frame.

5. Cut out pieces of tissue paper slightly larger than the wing/petal and very carefully paste it into position using a brush and white school glue 50/50 with water, securing it by overlapping at the edges.

6. Turn it over and cover the other side of the wing/petal in the same way.

7. Continue in this way until all the parts of the sculpture are covered.

8. Let it dry.

On the day our customers produced butterflies, cats, a lizard and a rhinoceros.

All from wire and tissue paper.

Amazing!

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