I am going to be creating some fantasy themed dragons, unicorns gargoyles heads made willow and paper to be hung in the The Chamber of Arts HeArt of Heritage Exhibition in September. If you would like to get involved and give me a hand I am open to new ideas. I will be making my creatures in my workspace at Dukes Keep which is on the same floor as the Chamber of the Arts space.
I will be there on a Thursday or a Friday from now on depending when I am free so if you want to get involved send me a message
via my facebook page “jaxs from jaxsarts and designs” or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am really looking forward to tomorrow. As part of the Care Homes National open day where care homes accross the country will be inviting visitors through there doors. I have been invited to create a large rag rug picture to go on the wall at the Fair Haven Care Home in Southampton.
Residents, staff and visitors on the day will be contributing to the art work which once completed will be hung in the reception as a reminder and a welcome to visitors as they walk in the door.
For more information http://www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk/home/fair-havens-care-home
If your looking for things to do over the Bank holiday why not come and join me at the Totton & Eling Arts Festival at Hanger Farm Arts Centre tomorrow ,running from 11am to 5pm providing taster workshops making stencils, no sew bunting and thave a go at face painting , there’s lots of things to do with lots of entertainment http://www.te-artsfest.co.uk/ Totton & Eling Arts Festival
On Monday I am over at the Hobbit Pub providing have a fg making dream catchers, poi and ribbon sticks , Southampton Environmental Rock fundraiser running from 12pm – 6pm it promised to be a great event https://www.facebook.com/events/420660788101643/ £1 entry per person, or £2 per family (kids have free entry).
If your looking for family friendly craft activities over half term then visit my families workshop page to find out about the mermaid workshop at Fareham Ashcroft Centre and Dart Centre Hedge End Eastleigh Southampton
I have just spent a lovely morning with a group of families who home educate their children , always a pleasure. I had originally been asked to provide a workshop for children aged 9 -12 years however the familes asked if I could provide a activity that would also accommodate there younger children so the activity needed to also be easy enough for children as young as 4 to be able to complete the activity with their parents assistance as well as being challenging enough for the older children. It didnt make much to adapt the session to suite and as I am always keen to create items from materials that we would normally throw away I wanted to create a activity that could wouldn’t cost very much.
So together we made paper bead making, bracelets and necklaces and plastic tube chokers and bracelets suited everyone’s needs including the adults. The older children were a little reserved in the beginning thinking that it was a activity aimed at their younger siblings, however they soon joined in when they realized that there were more challenges.
If you are anywhere near Portsmouth Hampshire that you might want to pop into the ASPEX Art Gallery current exhibition http://www.aspex.org.uk/events/here-there-guildhall/
where you will see “My Journey” series on display http://www.jrolls.co.uk/exhibitions1.html
As the Ashcroft Art Centre has asked me to provide a paper cutting valentines workshop for them at the end of the month, I thought that it would be good to share some of the useful paper cutting pages that I like, it is odd how things come around over the years. In the past I have created many stencils to jazz up fabric and create individual designs, and to personalize walls, furniture etc, experimenting with traditional manilla board and plastics but I have never really got into paper cutting as a craft that is until now its funny how being asked to provide a workshop reignites a interest. http://wellingtonboot.hubpages.com/hub/paper-cutting-art-techniques-how-to-cut-intricate-patterns-projects-for-beginners#
If your out and about in Southampton Centre next Friday (19th December)
I am going to be at the Tiger Yard pop up arts/ crafts shop showing people how to make Christmas tree decorations for pennies . To support this fantastic initiative I am asking for donations to cover my costs . The activity is taking place between 1.30 and 4.30 all are welcome
The Tiger Yard is located in East Street https://www.facebook.com/tigeryardsouthampton?fref=ts
I am really looking forward to this Sunday, Ive taken a table at the Yellow Vintage Fair , its such a great event and I can but give it a go.
Ive focused on making 60s and 70s inspired jewelery and crafts all made by own fair hands, my jewellery is made from wire, resin, paper and plastic, Im also bringing some flower corsages, some traditional handmade Christmas decorations, and several of my home made Peg Looms so its going to be very interesting to see what sells.
My new introduction on how to make a willow lantern is now available for sale from £2 at Southampton Scrapstore along with willow bundles and wet strength tissue http://www.southamptonscrapstore.org.uk/
Or via myself as a printable pdf for more details please contact me
I spent the weekend collecting sloes in the rain to make my sloe gin for next Christmas , making some blackberry whiskey and making willow / cane stars, hearts and Christmas trees ready for my workshop on Saturday the 13th December. How about you?