Category Archives: topics relating to art and creativity, challenging yourself

Fabric – a Celebration if Textiles Day

Peg loom weaving photo

Great news I am going to be providing a introduction to peg loom weaving workshop at the  textiles celebration  day happening at the Ashcroft Centre  in Fareham,

A fantastic whole day of textiles crafts happening on Sunday 10 APRIL, from 9.30AM – 5.00PM

For more details visit http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/fabric-%E2%80%93-celebration-textiles

Christmas Craft Fair and workshop vouchers

When ever I am out giving demonstrations at different events  I am often asked where to buy the equipment that I am using , sometimes the answer is simple however when it comes to traditional crafts  its not so easy .

Well I have finally taken the step and booked a table at a craft fair my first being Bishops Waltham Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday the 12th December .

All of the equipment and items will be made by my own fare hands . So I am starting with peg looms with fabric kits and instructions, rag rug making kits and some of the items that I teach in my workshops including willow stars, Christmas trees and some of my prints.

Alongside this I am introducing my own workshop gift vouchers.

 

Toton and Eling Arts Festival, May Bank HolidayEnviromental Rock and May half term activites

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

The Here and There exhibition at Aspex Gallery is now open for business

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

Papercutting workshop

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#

 

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?

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.

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.