(c) Craftivist Collective
I’ll be running a mini-series of textile craft workshops at Skippings Gallery, Great Yarmouth in November. At the Monday evening session, learn needle felting and on the Sunday workshop, we’ll be exploring Craftivism (craft + activism). The sessions are supported by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and can be booked directly through me. For more info, go to the project page.
I’m very pleased to have my ‘Threads of Summer’ series and article featured in HAND/EYE Magazine. Read here for an abridged history of cyanotype photography and to find out about inspiration for this series of work. Artwork from this series will also be shown as part of my upcoming solo exhibition at a Norfolk Wildlife Trust site next year (details to follow soon!)
Upcycled fabric brooches
This winter, I will be running a patchwork pin brooch workshop at MOTH Crafts in Bungay, Suffolk. If you’d like to find out more, go to the project page. Spaces are limited so if you’d like to come along, book your space soon!
Create by the Coast 2017. Fairy hut building
Fairy hut building community workshop
The last session of Create by the Coast was a special and imaginative day. We found a lovely spot amongst the trees on the grounds of Great Yarmouth Minster, Norfolk. First, we had a go at monoprinting – using found objects (such as leaves, daisys, feathers, etc) and doing drawings onto ink plates of the Minster and the surroundings. Then, we made creative things with found objects around the grounds. We created fairy huts, nests and nature mandalas. These items will be in the grounds until 9th September.
Plus, the project exhibition will be at Great Yarmouth Library, Norfolk from 4th to 9th September. It’ll be open to daily to all, including the informal evening showing with refreshments on Wednesday 6th September from 5pm to 7:30pm. Thank you to Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund for supporting the project and exhibition.
Nature weaving at Create by the Coast Great Yarmouth environmental arts project in 2017
We had a brilliant second session on Saturday for Create by the Coast in Priory Gardens, Gorleston, Norfolk. At this workshop, we had a go at making a series of cyanotype photographic prints in the park. It was magic! Seeing the silhouette plants and feathers appear in blue is something you can never tire of. We then created nature weaving frames using found materials, wire and string. It’s the middle session of 3, so Saturday 26th August is the last chance to come along and get creative outdoors! Please get in touch if you’d like to join in. Thank you to Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund for supporting the sessions.
Light & Space exhibition poster
My artwork is on display at The Shoe Factory Social Club, Norwich for UNA Gallery’s summer exhibition. The show is open from 7th to 27th July to view daily from 11am to 5pm. There are over 50 contemporary artists displaying work, from photography to painting to video, shown over 2 floors.
Found object sculpture – Create by the Coast, 2017
Lovely afternoon of walking, exploring, experimenting and making on/around Great Yarmouth beach for Create by the Coast‘s first session. We collected found materials and created sculptures using wire and string. Witches, hats, birds and icecreams emerged! Then we had a go at sand-casting hands – with a few broken fingers (the plaster that is!). It was fun to create with found materials and spend time outdoors. The next workshop, at Gorleston Priory Gardens, is in a fortnight and spaces are available to book. It’ll be creative, family-friendly and hands-on, and there are only 2 more left this summer! The project is supported by Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund. Get in touch if you’d like more info or to book your place
Create by the Coast project
Copyright Andy Goldsworthy
Recently, I was awarded a grant from Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund to deliver a series of environmental arts workshops in the Great Yarmouth area in July and August. We’ll be responding to the local landscapes through creative activities such as weaving, sketching and making temporary on-site art. There will be a project exhibition at Great Yarmouth Library from 4th to 9th September.
If you’d like to find out more or to book your place, check out the project page.
I had a lovely time chatting with Melanie ‘Gorleston Gal’ Ruse on Harbour Radio on Tuesday. If you’d like to see my talk, I did a live facebook video including a needle felting demo. Just click the image above or here to watch the video.