Author Archives: jax

Christmas tree decorations on a tight budget, using recycled materials drop in activity

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

 

Yellow Vintage Christmas Fair Sunday 30th November

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.

How to make a willow lantern guidance

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

Getting ready for Christmas a little early

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?

Face painting workshops for families

Ive had a busy couple of weeks teaching face painting to parents in Southampton , Cosham and Fareham .

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Changes to my lantern making workshop for adults

Hi Just to let you know that I have needed to cancel this workshop which is a a real pity. however I will be offering Christmas Cane Flowers and Stars workshop at Totton College in the next couple of weeks so keep a look out for more information.

Creating reusable art at the Pumpkin Festival

Supporting my lovely fellow volunteers with Southampton Scrapstore a project that Is right the core of recycling and recreating activities, those  of you who follow my posts will now that Ive been a major supporter of this fantastic project. We had a fantastic day at the Pumpkin Festival today and the shelter coped with the weather, We chatted to lots of new people as well as meeting old friends. This year with lack of troops on the ground we decided to try something different and create a giant artwork using scrap which could then be taken apart and reused.
The images show the blanks boards that we started with and the final collage.Which was based in a ww1 solder standing  in a poppy field
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How simple things can make a real difference- fostering the imagination and cardboxes

I dont know if you have stumbled across the Imagination Foundation http://imagination.is/# they are just a great . At the moment they are asking groups people etc to take part in the great cardboard challenge . So if you love making things out of things that would be thrown away getting involved and encouraging creativity and  inventing wonderful creations  heres an opportunity to join in with something that is both simple and fun

 

Christmas vintage fair – Southampton

Wyellow vintage fairell Ive finally taken the plunge. After visiting the vintage fair at the Ageas Bowl Southampton I have so many vintage bits and bobs at home as well as of course my own vintage inspired jewellery and crafts that I have decided to take a stall at the Christmas Vintage Fair at the end of November,

If you are interested in all things vintage as well as creating your own crafts  there holding a Make Do and Mend vintage crafts supplies fair on the 6th October so if you are around take a look .

 

 

A most interesting project working with young people living in a secure childrens home

Just before the summer I was invited to work with a group of young people who reside on a secure children home,  the young who live in the  centre also attend lessons in the on site education unit who  on occasion invite organizations and individuals with specialisms to come and spend time with them.

I was invited to work on a sculptural project with the young people introducing them to 3d work and materials that they hadnt worked with before,

Many of the young people find it difficult to work together on a collective project and often were not confident in their own abilities to be creative so I knew from the outset that I would need to be adaptive in my approach and focus on enabling them to take part,  I already knew that if they didnt like me then it would be a very difficult to progress, thankfully this wasnt a problem.

Working in very small groups of 3 – 4 participants at a time often with support workers attached. I introduced the young people to using paper mache and mud rock , we then moved on to include wire mesh and finally paper clay and solid foam board skeltons. Myself and  the art teacher decided to set them the challenge of creating a 3d human head the subject being up to them. The winners would receive a prize of their choosing and so they chose a takeaway of their choice.

golden man with dreadsThis is the winning entry , they were so proud of taking part and I was so fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to spend time with them.