POSTBOXES in Guiseley have been given a makeover as part of a community art scheme which has also created an illuminated crochet nativity.

Teacher and artist Abi James has led the second big community yarn project - Mandala postboxes and a Nativity - for the Leeds 2023 year of culture. More than 55 residents were involved in the scheme.

Abi said: "The project of Mandala post box toppers was initially conceived back in October in one of my beginners crochet classes.

"The group were keen to aim for a community yarn art project, although many were anxious that they would not be able to participate, as their skills back then were limited. However, as time moved on and confidence and competence increased the concept seemed very achievable.

"I continued to teach weekly crochet sessions and we created an open community yarn art group - 'Yarns Well Spun' and work began.

"Initially, 28 beginners and over 20 participants from the local community worked together to create a crochet poppy adornment for the Guiseley Cross for Remembrance Day. It was a huge success and enormously well received by the local community."

"United by this positive experience, we continued our work to create four lovely Mandala post box toppers to help welcome 2022 to Guiseley."

'Yarns Well Spun' is a community project which aims to engage and bring joy to people in Guiseley through yarn art.

Abi said: "These Mandala crocheted postbox toppers emulate the captivating detail and vibrant rich colours of ancient meditative Mandala patterns. Mandalas should represent fullness, wholeness and infinity, helping us understand what exists beyond the world we inhabit. Over 55 members of the Guiseley Community have helped contribute towards making these four linked installations. We believe these Mandala patterns inspire a sense of calm, represent the complexity of nature and encourage self expression, discovery, healing and emotional well-being. What better way to welcome 2022 to Guiseley? We hope you enjoy them as much as we've enjoyed making them.

"Due to the amazing community effort, we were also able to install a beautiful crochet heart garland at the historical Guiseley Wells site and an illuminated crochet nativity. All of the pieces were supported through funding by the Leeds2023 My World My City My Neighbourhood Project and celebrate the amazing history of the cloth and wool trade in Guiseley, whilst uniting the residents in a shared creative and artistic outlet."