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#
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?
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.
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
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
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Well 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 .
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.
This 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.
Ive been really busy at the moment planning for future activities as well as having problems as a local garage has just damaged the gearbox on my vw and refuses to admit responsibility but that is another story
This weekend you will find me at the a new arts festival on the edge of the New Forest. On Saturday I will be showing my artwork , jewellery and the like in the arts market and on the Sunday I will be offering two hour taster workshops to crochet and peg loom weaving. If you in the area then please join us as there will be lots to see and do for more details visit http://te-artsfest.co.uk/
Teaching children how to create their own wire sculptures based on winter characters.
During the half term holidays I had a really interesting time teaching children how to create the standard basic stand up wire model which they managed well.I then asked them to sketch out some of their own creations and if they were not sure I had some photographs to inspire them.
I was really surprised that when they tried drawing a person who was leaning down and their head lower than their shoulders that instead of drawing what was in front of them they still tried to draw the person with the head above their shoulders. Irealized that none of the under 11s had been taught the basics about for shortening etc
So I set about the task firstly by giving them some tracing paper and asking them to place it over the picture and then to draw the outline then helping them to place the skeleton and then finally to use a pen to darken the skeleton so that they had a reference guide.The children who didnt have a reference picture for what they wanted them to draw I asked them to pair up and draw each others skeleton keeping in mind the lesson learned.They then found this task much easier