Folding Flowers for the Community: Karlyn Sutherland with Caithness Community Connections

Caithness Community Connections is an organisation helping to support the east coast Caithness community from Lybster to Thrumster and have been working hard throughout lock down to provide support, meals, collections, shopping to the local community. They have also been supporting the young people, providing art and craft activities. 


Inspired by our flowers with Joanne B Kaar we were delighted to carry on a floral theme working with the community in Lybster and Thrumster! We collaborated with Caithness Community Connections to devise a project that would support the wellbeing of young people and provide an uniting, intergenerational activity. We commissioned Lybster artist Karlyn Sutherland to devise an activity that young people could complete then pass on to older residents in the community. 


Karlyn, an architect and glass artist, designed a floral origami project. Children and families were given origami kits, making flower arrangements out of paper. The paper bouquets were then distributed to older and isolated people in Lybster. 


We loved the idea so much, we decided to create a short video as part of the Fun Palaces weekend. Fun Palaces supports local people to co-create their own cultural and community events, across the UK and worldwide, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone. In the spirit of Fun Palaces, the video is led not by artist Karlyn, but by our Co-Director Charlotte along with her two helpers Meri and Helen! 


Watch our Fun Palace session below!