Gypsy Festival Painting

A kid’s carnival activity at the traveling gypsy festival (David Leech)

Circled on the Ashburton Domain was a flamboyant display of Gypsy wagons. Handmade crafts were the main attraction: glass blower, wood turner, jewelry maker, greenstone carver… Children were invited to create a unique piece of art at one of the carnival activities. Paper was clamped to a turntable, inside a box, topped with a grill. While the paper spun around kids would excitedly squirt different colours of paint through the grate. Attendants had folders cut out to frame the paintings. Happy Canterbury children and gorgeous art, but my take-home piece was the candy coated rack.

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