First monster making workshop in Kirkgate Market went well yesterday
We’re back there next Monday, 12-2pm – Stay tuned for more updates!
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!
On Saturday I was part of team Clam at Chapel Allerton Arts Festival as part of the giant puppet parade I have been volunteering for. During a series of Saturdays a bunch of us constructed the clam (Carlos) out of willow, cellophane and tissue paper. Originally it was going to have bubbles blowing from it, but this proved a bit tricky. It still had the proposed up and down clamming motion though in its finished state, and I was in charge of The Clamming which was tough on the arms but probably not as hard as carrying the thing.
Other sea creatures in the parade included an octopus, a huge and quite terrifying mermaid and hundreds of giant fish, jellyfish, and tiny fish that school children had made.
Here’s another example of my first messings around with etching
This print uses tissue paper for the eyes which is a very old technique to get blocks of colour into print work. It can be a bit tricky as is anything involving tiny bits of tissue in close proximity to glue and fingers.
I tried a couple of prints using different coloured tissues for the eyes – the yellow worked quite well also.
This monday I had my last lesson of etching; I spent the whole lesson working on my aquatint plate, and managed to get one print at the end of the session from it, but this was left on the drying rack at the college (Will post it later)
This is what my etching looks like before I use my other copper plate with the Aquatint design etched into it. I will print one on top of the other to give more colour and definition to the design.
Next week – screen printing!
HelloG! Take a look at the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival Giant Puppet parade blog!
Heres and example of one of the mock up puppets artist and designer Tony Wade has created for year 5 students to start building next week. The head was made by children in previous workshops.
Yesterday I was helping out at Project Space Leeds with their Forties Summer Fete. It was a vintage affair with lots of nice retro clothing stalls, antiques, cake, cream tea and home made gifts
Eleanor Snare and I lead a sewing workshop; we made a variety of fabric animals and monsters with visitors who only had to pay a pound to participate. We were very impressed with one girl’s multi coloured cat which she created completely from scratch with very little instruction from either of us! Eleanor also made a dress by re-styling a striped t-shirt with some blue fabric, and a floral bag – photos to follow!