The Little House Project

The Little House project began in 2019 as a community project, where the artist Kathryn Ross worked with several schools in the local area. Using the idea of a basic house shape as a metaphorical interpretation of ‘the self’ she asked students to imagine themselves as the house. She asked them to think about how they saw their own character in relation to colour and pattern, using the doors and windows to think about how these might represent openness, shyness, engagement with others for example.
The original idea was to build an entire town of similar but unique houses. Sadly, the project came to an abrupt stop in March 2020 as lockdown began. Kathryn is now reviving the project, showing the houses at One Paved Court during the exhibition, where she will continue the project in the hope of exhibiting a much larger version in 2023. 

How to participate:

If you would like to contribute to the project, Kathryn is running workshops on Saturday May 21, 2 – 4pm and Saturday 4 June, 2 – 4pm. Workshops are suitable for all ages.
Alternatively, just pop in anytime during the show to collect a template from the gallery, or download a template and follow her instructions below: 

Instructions from Kathryn Ross:

Download the template  HERE.  If you have trouble with this please email me (below) and I will send a PDF printable image to you.

Choose any light and thin material that you think might represent yourself the most.

Ask yourself some questions:

For example:

Do I consider myself to be a person who needs many other people around me to be happy? If so, you are probably a terraced house. If, on the other hand, you are someone who is very self-contained, you may consider yourself to be represented by a detached house.

What are the most important things about you –  your openness and transparency, or your love of the written word or numbers? It could be anything, but must really be special to you. Are you complex and mysterious?

Then send me either:

Easy: just the piece of paper or material to make the house and I will make it

Medium: the house cut out and left flat for posting and I will put together

Hard: make the whole house and send it readymade.

Please make sure you include your name and country so I can add you to the contribution list.

Example Houses (see image below L to R):

1. represents an open and totally (literally transparent nature, nothing to hide) house.

2. is a political newspaper article

3. is made from very fragile squared tissue paper, the maker is perhaps vulnerable but the squared surface may indicate a logical streak to this person’s nature.

4. is white and squared paper, the sort you use for mathematical work.

You are only limited by your own imagination so do a bit of soul searching and think about what the essence of you is.

Email your digital image to Kathryn Ross: or deliver to her at the gallery.

Kathryn Ross, One Paved Court