Over the past year myself and Jemma Bagley of Charnwood Arts have been researching, running workshops and speaking with people all over the borough about their personal crafting histories all in preparation for The big Knitting groups latest project, ‘Our Knitted Story’ which will go on exhibition next week at Charnwood Museum. It will open on the 6th June and will be up for a month.
In September 2014 we became involved with The Craftivist Collectives project, ‘The Craftivists Garden #wellMAKING, and as a result of this we formed friendships which have continued and grown. The Flowers made for the project have made their way to us after the final Craftivist event in January 2015 and we now have about a third of the flowers from the project (the others are in London and Cornwall for other events).
This past week we (with the help of Jemma Twells) have been frantically working away, getting things in frames, sewing flowers to banners, making hoops, collating quotes from the public etc. We will begin setting up the exhibition at Charnwood Museum next week and we hope that all our planning and prep will keep us in good stead for the week ahead.
We also had some lovely art works arrive at Charnwood office this week thanks to Kristy and her adult creative classes in Hinkley. We were so pleased when we saw what had been made. We had some fun making a mushroom forest before we were pulled away from our shinanigans and back to work.
After a rather long and arduous bus ride to Leicester I was glad to arrive at Peepul Enterprise. Things got better when the ladies arrived for the stitching workshop that I spent the evening preparing for.
As always the Khushi group ladies were a pleasure to be with and were so enthusiastic so we got started straight away.
They were straight on the pin cushion idea and within minutes the sewing machines started up. Whilst I helped with where to stitch I was overjoyed to watch as the ladies helped each other at the sewing machines. Those with more confidence on the machines helped and guided others, just a wonderful atmosphere to be in and be a part of.
Just a few of the lovely little pin cushions that were made by the ladies.
This one I have a particular fondness for – as always people will deviate from instructions and make things in their own way and I love that. How lovely is this little fellow – he is unique and it just goes to show how creative people are.
Thank you again to the ladies of the Khushi group for welcoming me so wholeheartedly and for being excited about plans for our next sessions together, when we will be experimenting with free hand machine embroidery.
Thanks also to Juliana at Peepul Enterprise, who, no matter how busy she is, always has time for people.
To be continued in the autumn….
Supported by Peepul Enterprise http://www.peepulcentre.com/
Spent some time this evening prepping for tomorrow’s workshop with the Khushi group at People Enterprise in Leicester.
Looking forward to seeing the ladies again, it has been nearly four weeks since our last workshop and I am excited to see how they have been getting on with the new sewing machines in my absence.
I hope they will enjoy this latest little project. We will be making cute little pincusions to keep all their pins safe. The previous session was spent making little scissor purses and Jemma Bagley has spent time with the elders group at People Enterprise making little needle holders. Soon we will have a complete set of handmade sewing kits for the group to use at their leisure.
As part of RADAR’s Market Town project, artist Ania Bas has created opportunities for sharing and learning useful skills. The project will act as an exploration of the possibility of a culture of shared knowledge and resources.
Show Me How will consist of a number of workshops run by local artists and makers, including myself, who will pass on their skills and knowledge to participants. Ania is interested in supporting the exchange of skills and knowledge that are not necessarily commercially sustainable and valued.
Show me how, call for participants, FINAL
This link will tak eyou to a poster with details of all the workshops planned for the coming months. For those interested in crochet and knitting with plarn (plastic made into yarn) I will be running a workshop on the 30 June, Tuesday 6-8.30pm at The Organ Grinder in Loughborough.
The pattern for this particular little plarn bug can be found in Lauren O’Farrell’s Stitch New York.
The sessions will be complemented by discussions around making, co-working, co-operation and sharing. She wants to explore the place and the value of practical skills, hands on work, sharing and co-working in contemporary culture and daily life of market towns.
If you would like to view more please visit the website at: http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/project/market_town/ania_bas/
Ania has also developed some other interesting works which can be viewed on her own blog here: http://www.aniabas.blogspot.co.uk/
Please do check it out; one particular project which I found very interesting was The Walking Reading group. Follow the link above to find out more.
To book your place on any of the workshops please follow the link below:
For the last few weeks, the RawArt group at Charnwood Arts have been working on making plates for printing.
This week the printing press arrived and printing was in full swing at yesterdays session.
It was lovely to see the expressions on participants faces as they revealed the print from the press. Printing is such an addictive process and the results are always different, the anticipation of reveling print after print is remarkable and greatly rewarding.
We carried on with the printing today with the Cafe_Space group and managed to experiment a little more with some plates of knitting.
I also managed to print one of my own plates.
We still have some plates that have not yet been printed so I am very excited to see them printed at next weeks session. Check back soon for more images.