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Victorian Christmas Fair, 8th December, Leftbank, Leeds

I’ve booked myself a stall at the Victorian Christmas Fair at Leftbank, Leeds!

Saturday 8th December, 12:00pm until 7:00pm

‘High Spirits’ choir will be singing, hot mulled cider will be mulling,

I’ve got a whole selection of fabric decorations to sell, along with some fun sausage dogs to exclude your draughts this winter.

Tartan draught excluder sausage dog

Trees for your tree!

Snowflake decoration

I have only just realised that all stall holders MUST BE IN VICTORIAN CLOTHING. Possibly a good excuse for me to buy a top hat.

Hopefully see you there!

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Making my Home Tweet Home rocket…

The ‘Home Tweet Home’ project was an interactive family art trail in Pudsey Park during October 2012, as part of ‘I Love West Leeds’ festival.

15 identical wooden bird boxes were painted, decorated, pulled apart and played with by artists from near and far. Luckily I was chosen as one of those artists!

I’m not sure when the idea to create a space rocket first hit me, but I really liked the idea of creating some kind of alien or space being for the interior…

I used paper to make a maquette of my space ship before creating it in a shiny charcoal wetsuit-like fabric, and then created a fabric astronaut bird to pilot it!

All materials save the astronaut’s helmet were up-cycled from scraps purchased from SCRAP in Leeds and the lovely metallic fabrics were salvaged from student change over in Hyde Park, Leeds.  (This is a locally famous period of time over the few weeks in June/July when students move from one property to another, and unfortunately cannot be bothered to recycle or charity shop a lot of their unwanted items so simply dump them all in the street.)

 
How I made my Home Tweet Home bird box, in pictures…

I really enjoyed making my bird box, however I think if I was to do a similar project again I would use a lot more colour within the rocket.  Other artists used colour to great affect.

 

Visit the Home Tweet Home page

I Love West Leeds Festival

 

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Headingley Cardigan Triangle ART DAY! 30th Sept 12am – 5pm

This time next week I will be displaying/selling work as part of Headingley Cardigan Triangle Art Day.  The art day is in it’s seventh year, and features 21 artists hosted by 17 houses and gardens in the area.

Some featured artists:

Diana Lamber


Christian and Lisa Bristow


Helen Entwhistle


Jonathan Hopper


Kate Evans



“This year’s Cardigan Triangle Art Day creates a whole new genre with its ‘Great Cardi Challenge’.  In between all the artists hosted in residents’ houses, you’ll discover a trail of cardigan connections you never knew existed. You may be lucky enough to spot a diamante-encrusted Cardigan Hurst or wicked knitwear from movie blockbuster, ‘The Devil Wears Cardis’. Vote for your favourite as you feed your artistic inspiration with home-made cakes at the Art Café, this year in the church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Browse, buy or just enjoy prints, jewellery, illustrations, landscapes, portraits, photography, poetry and painting across a whole range of artists, including lots of new people and work to see.  You can also make your own art in activities run for the Art Day by Left Bank Leeds.”

I am anticipating this to be quite a cake orientated event which is pleasing.  Not just any old cake. Proper oh-crikey-I-need-to-hold-on-to-the-table-because-this-is-excellent cake.  See you there!

Facebook event page

Website

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Some photos from the weekend – Lantern making and weaving workshop in Cumbria

This weekend I organised a craft tent for Penrith Scouts jubilee celebration, which took place on the Saturday near Blencowe. Scouts enjoyed a day of activities, a hog roast and then camped over night.

I managed to take photos in the lulls whilst the kids were off climbing, cycling, baking bread or firing arrows. At other times I was inundated with questions about weaving, lantern making and requests for selotape. A very industrious pair of girls came back time and time again, managed to complete all the activities I’d set out and went on to make their own creation ‘Mrs. Kipling’ which I didn’t get a photograph of because they were too occupied poking it over a wall at people..

Click for panorama! 

Hoping to get some more photos soon of lanterns lit at night.

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Lantern research…

I’m doing a spot of research in order to spark more ideas for lantern making workshops.

It’ll be useful to get an idea of what materials people will need to save up until September… click on the images for the sites I’ve been looking at and more instructions.

www.eea.org.uk

I want to recycle as much as possible – Hopefully parents will be able to save up loads of paper, plastic bottles, jars and possibly twigs until then!

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LS6 Fair Success

Had a successful day at the LS6 Christmas Craft fair yesterday in the amazing setting of The Leftbank on Cardigan road. Although it was pretty chilly and I was a bit under the weather I managed to sell a load of stuff  (I’m going to have to make more cats) and got some really nice comments, so am hoping this fair gets put on again.  Never underestimate the power of cake – I made two loaves of bannana bread with peacans, honey and raisins to raise cash for table insurance and it all went within about an hour… I didnt get to eat any 😦

Next week is my last stall at the Hope House Christmas Market, hosted by MAP – a children’s arts and music charity. This event is going on from 3.00 in the afternoon til 9.00 AT NIGHT which is very important as it means I (and everyone else) GET A LIE IN and I can drink mulled wine throughout without feeling slightly guilty about it.

MAP
Hope House
65 Mabgate
Leeds
LS9 7DR

Here’s a map

I’ll try and see if I can work out some good travel info this week but it’s pretty straight forward to walk to.

Hopefully see you there!

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Chapel Allerton Giant Puppet Parade Video!

Two years ago I was involved with community puppet building workshops in Chapel Allerton and helped build a giant clam puppet. The film of Chapel Allerton Parade (which I didnt know was even being made!) is here:

 

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Coming Up In August!

Hi! I’d just like to tell you about some events coming up that I’m involved with…

The first is IN MY BACKYARD on 20th of August

I have been attending a Community Transformers course at Oblong Resource Centre this year, which teaches people how to make a difference within their community through fundraising, enabling, informing, that sort of thing.  IN MY BACK YARD is our group’s end project.

On the 20th August at All Hallows Church, we are putting on a  day of free taster sessions of activities and projects that people can get involved around the Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Little London and Headingley area. Expect finger knitting, yoga, bike fixing,  face painting, banner making, stress busting and lots of information about activities in the area. We have people from Swarthmore college coming down to tell us about their new adult learning courses (One of which is a day course learning which british mushrooms to pick – I’m definitely going!)

Click on the logo for the site, travel and contact information about this event.

Also in August, I will be working with ReMade Leeds during a series of monster making workshops, at Kirkgate Market, Leeds from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, the first four Mondays in August

Remade in Leeds is run by an excellent group of ladies dedicated to up-cycling clothing and fabrics into really nice stuff.  You will find them amending festival costumes at Beacons Festival this year, but they usually reside close to Hyde Park Corner where they run sewing workshops (the next of which is this Saturday) make and repair outfits, and host very popular clothes swaps.

 In their own words they are a “Leeds based ethical fashion boutique offering workshops, events and on-trend clothing collections under our in-house brandAntiform.

ReMade are also going to be present at IN MY BACK YARD with a finger knitting workshop

Looking forward to August!

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SUNDAY – Pet Work Shop! – FRINGE:Leeds

On Sunday I managed to remember my camera and got to take some action shots of workshop participants getting cracking with their own pet creations

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Set up for FRINGE festival – Temple Works

Over the last few weeks I have been making hundreds of paper pyramid templates for an installation at Temple Works. This is as part of a visual arts festival called Fringe which will take place from the 15th – 17th July 2011.

Along side this I am also running a sewing workshop on the Saturday and Sunday – participants will be invited to join the ‘pet workshop’ and create their own plush animals.

This is what the installation looked like on Thursday night….

Photos of the opening night coming soon……..

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