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Yarnfield Student’s Butterfly Creations Get Judges Hearts Fluttering

16 year old Yarnfield student Hattie Jones-Jenkins netted a top award in the Rotary Club of Stafford Knot’s annual competition.

The Stafford Grammar School student’s colourful array of fabric and paper butterflies also landed her a special Eccleshall-based Gallery at 12 award for her multi-media work, entitled “Butterflies”.

More than 100 talented pupils from seven schools across the area submitted a wide range of work for the competition, which was judged by five members of the Eccleshall-based Staffordshire Artists Co-operative.

As part of her GSCE art portfolio, Hattie spent 10 hours crafting butterflies from hand sewn dyed fabric and ink stained paper, which she presented on a book and board. She was named as the artist with most potential in the 14 to 16 age group.

“I chose the theme of insects and it all stemmed from that. I did some research and was inspired by the textile artist, Mr Finch. I’m really surprised and pleased to have won the award,” said Hattie.

Prizes were given to the best entries in each of the three age groups, and certificates awarded to highly commended pieces of work.

“Hattie used an imaginative variety of techniques and we loved the movement and lightness of touch. There was a freedom and freshness about her work and we thought it was an uplifting piece,” said Gallery at 12 artist and judge, Ronnie Cruwys.

First place in the age 14-16 canvas painting category was given to fellow Stafford Grammar student Amy Robinson (15). United States musical duo, Twenty One Pilots, provided the inspiration for Amy who combined her memories of a trip to Prague with images of the American musicians to create a striking canvas called Blurry Faces. Meanwhile Ellie Dudson and Amalia Phillips collected highly commended certificates.

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