‘Les P’tits Faîtchieaux’ is Jersey French for ‘The Little People’. According to folklore, Les P'tits Faîtchieaux were believed to live in the local dolmens where they were generally active and helpful (legend has it that they would do housework in exchange for cake!) but were also known for mischievously hiding belongings.
This was the first in a programme of public art projects organised by ArtHouse Jersey as part of the 2015 Skipton Art Series.
As part of Skipton Open Studios 2014, artist June Gould made small clay figures to raise funds and awareness for earthquake victims in Japan. June is interested in the power of a collective community spirit and the myths and legends of the dolmens. It was from this work that the idea of Les P’tits Faîtchieaux was created.
The aim of the project was to involve as many people as possible in the making of figures, which were displayed in the tomb at La Hougue Bie at the spring equinox and throughout the coming year. Visitors, local schools, charities and the wider community were encouraged to participate once the site opened from 25 March 2015. The resulting exhibition of thousands of individualised clay figures was reminiscent of Antony Gormley’s Field for the British Isles and was showcased as part of the Jersey Projection Gallery exhibition on the façade of Normans at the end of the year.
All the clay used to make Les P’tits Faîtchieaux was sourced locally, thanks to Jersey Water.