RADAR – Show Me How

Thank you everyone for such a brilliant workshop this evening.

So much going on my head is still spinning.

This evening at the Organ Grinder from 6pm – 8.30pm I ran a free crochet and knitting workshop, one in a number of workshops taking place as part of Show Me How by artist Ania Bas for RADAR’s Market Town project.

The focus of my workshop was the use of unusual and FREE materials to crochet or knit with. This evening we used plarn, or plastic bags. The reason behind this unusual choice of material was it’s inherent use in activism or Craftivism. It is a great material to have in your arsenal if you wish to create a yarn bomb for your town or city as it does not get soggy the second it rains.

A number of participants were new to either knitting or crochet or both, but despite this the progress made in the room was extrordinary and I was very chuffed. I had to ping pong between people a bit to show everyone the basics but I hope that everyone got enough time with me. Thank you to everyone for your patience whilst I made my way around the room.

I hope that the workshop has inspired everyone to go away and get crafty. Well done to the 3 guys who came on a whim, you did brilliant and I would love to know if you have kept it up.

A great big thank you to Ania for all your help and encouraging comments.

I look forward to the next session on the 11th July in Loughbrough Carillon Shopping Centre.

Unfortunately I was so busy bouncing round the room that I failed to get any photo’s.

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Green Festival of Making and Mending

31st October 2015

11am-5pm, Friends Meeting House, Queens Rd, Leicester.

A free festival day made up of making and mending activities such as advanced sewing and clothes repair skills, how to mend or maintain your bike, making Christmas decorations from reclaimed materials, repairing electronic items, making toys from old junk and coldframes from old drinks bottles.

Check out how much more is on here: http://www.leicesterfootpaths.org.uk/

Show Me How for Families

RADAR – Market Town

Saturday 11th July

Carillon Court Shopping Centre, Lougborough, LE11 3TX

As a part of LUArts latest project, Market Town, a programme of commissions that sets out to re-imagine the future of Loughborough’s High Streets.

Artist Ania Bas is working with local makers to develop a number of workshops that encourage the exchange of creative skills.

On Saturday 11th July in the Carillon Court Shopping Centre there will be a number of creative workshops led by local makers, so if you fancy trying your hand at learning some new making skills with your family please come on down.

You can come to one or all of the sessions, the decision is yours but capacity is limited so please be sure to book your place on the workshops you would like to get involved in.

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I will be running a session on 11th July between 10am – 12.30pm teaching the crochet foundation chain and exploring ways of using this simple technique to make lovely little flowers that can be used as hair decorations, accessories, attached to bags, keys, clothes, the possibilities are endless!

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If you would like to join me on Saturday 11th July don’t forget to book your place here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/show-me-how-for-families-crochet-for-beginners-10am-11am-led-by-sarah-green-tickets-17424031748

Please note that these sessions on Saturday are for families with kids, we will be unable to book single adults onto the sessions. However if you are interested in learning new making skills check out the adult only prgramme, also run as part of the Market Town programme.

I will be running a crochet/knitting session next Tuesday 30th June, 6pm – 8.30pm, Organ Grinder pub, Loughborough, LE11 2YT.

plarn bug close uppattern by Lauren O’Farrell and can be found in Stitch New York.

Show me how, call for participants, FINAL

Charnwood Arts Tells ‘Our Knitted Story’ in New Exhibition ….

Charnwood Arts’ “Big Knitting Group” is currently presenting ‘Our Knitted Story’ an exciting new exhibition at Loughborough’s Charnwood Museum Gallery.

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The exhibition encompasses everything from knitting to embroidery to soft sculpture, focusing on the connections, bonds, memories and stories it creates through generations and across cultures.

The use of the word Knitted in the title of the project is deliberate, referring to its other meaning as a term to describe unity, coming together, becoming closer and bonding.

The focus of the project is on personal histories of hand-crafting and brings together stories and memories of knitting, crocheting and other textile based activities from the local community. With items and quotes both from people who are members of groups and people who craft alone.

‘Our Knitted Story’ is Charnwood Arts Big Knitting Group’s latest research project and incorporates a project undertaken by The Craftivists Collective and Falmouth University called the Craftivists Garden.

Members of the group attended the launch of this project in London last summer and then worked closely with the organisers and various groups, creating over 100 flowers for the project.

These were then sent to London as part of an event at the Toynbee Hall in January. About a third of the flowers produced by people from around the UK are displayed here.

We also set the first year textiles students at LUSAD a challenge to respond to the theme. Over 70 students created work as part of their coursework and samples created by15 students are displayed in the exhibition.

There is also a host of fascinating knitting facts supplied by Big Kniting Group member Liz Dunajewska, as well as illustrations by Paul Gent, poetry, a yarn-bomb and a super hero! And in case that’s not enough, there is also a ‘History Pod’ containing many vintage items.

The exhibition continues until Sunday the 5th July at Charnwood Museum, Granby Street, Loughborough.

Entrance is free and the show will be open during the usual Charnwood Museum opening hours.

Phil Redford print exhibition

Phil Redford lino print exhibition at Charnwood Museum

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There are some absolutely amazing and awe inspiring prints on display at Charnwood Museum by the painter, book artist and printmaker Phil Redford.

A retired seniour lecturer in printmaking at Leeds Metropolitan University Manchester he now lives and works in Leicester.

The works currently on display at the Museum are based on the composer Richard Wagner’s epic music dramas, ”The Ring of the Nibelung” and ”Tristan and Isolde” and are composed into hand printed concertina bound books.

To find out more about Phil Redford visit his website here: http://www.philredford.com/

 

 

 

Picnic in the Park 2015

Picnic in the Rain!

A big thank you to everyone who braved the rain and joined us at the Museum yesterday for Picnic in the Park. I hope you all enjoyed the exhibition and our lovely story telling by Tahlita.
Here is Tahlita doing her thing with Marion on the spinning wheel.

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Thanks guys for making our Enchanted Garden installation come to life.

We also had a great flurry of activity in the education room of the Museum with all kinds of craft activities on the go, all inspired by the current exhibition ‘Our Knitted Story’.
Some excellent mushroom making, I think we have some great sculptors and textile artists in the making here.

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And we also had some fabulous peg looming happening too, what do you think to this lovely blue piece, looks rather like a landscape to me.

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Thanks to all the Charnwood Museum staff as well for being wonderful as always and helping us with everything, and for letting us use their kitchen and kettle for refreshments.

Our Knitted Story – Now Open!

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‘Our Knitted Story’ is officially open.

Although we were still putting up some of the information boards today we are glad to open the exhibition to the public.

After all the kind words of passers by during the setting up it was great to finally step back and see the exhibiton as one, as though a mist was clearing.

The project title ‘Our Knitted Story’ encompasses everything from knitting to embroidery and soft sculpture; anything textiles based, focusing on the connections, bonds, memories and stories it creates through generations and across cultures. The deliberate use of the word ‘Knitted’ in the title of the project refers to its use as a term to describe a cause to unite, become united, unify, become one, come together, become closer, band together, bond.

The focus of the project is on personal histories of hand-crafting and brings together stories and memories of knitting, crocheting and other textile based activities from the local community. With items and quotes from people who are members of groups and people who craft alone.

Our Knitted Story is Charnwood Arts Big Knitting Groups latest research project and incorporates a project undertaken by The Craftivists Collective and Falmouth University called the Craftivists Garden. We were at the launch in London last summer and then worked closely with the organisers, creating about 100 flowers for the project with various groups, which were then sent to London for an event at the Toynbee Hall in January. About a third of the flowers produced by people from around the UK are displayed here.

We also set the first year textiles students at LUSAD a brief to respond to the notion of the knitted story, with particular focus on their own personal histories and connections with textiles. Over 70 students created work as part of their course, with the work of 15 students being selected for exhibition.

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Images courtesy of Emily Lees

We also have some interesting facts about knitting supplied by Liz Dunajewska from the Big Knitting Group with illustrations by Paul Gent. There is also poetry, a yarn-bomb and a super hero in the exhibiton and a ‘History Pod’ with a few vintage items in from members of the group.

Thanks to everyone that took part in the project over the last few months. Visitors please add your stories to the ones in the comments book. We would love to add your story to the ones we have already collected.

Yours in Creativity

Project coordinators- Jemma Bagley and Sarah Green.

To view more images of the exhbition please follow the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/117355698@N03/

Exhibition set up – Our Knitted Story

Its been a hard slog this week, but things are starting to fall into place. I would like to say thank you to both Jemma Twells for sitting sewing all the Craftivist Flowers to a 40 ft banner which now looks splendid across the Museums balcony. Also thank you to Phoebe Deeprose, a first year textile student who’s work was selected to be exhibited along with 14 of her fellow colleagues from LUSAD. Phoebe has helped with painting the installation space and we hope that she will join us at Granby Street next week to teach some oil painting.

After all our preparations earlier last week we still found ourselves up against the clock. It was especially great to see the exhibitions going up, however we still spent a lot of our time sewing which just ate away at the time we had in the Museum.

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Despite the time constraints we still found time to have a giggle with a few of the artworks. Particularly with my cow head and super hero costume. The Cow Head was made using hand made paper, pushed into a plaster mold. Once dry the paper head could be removed and I rummage through my collection of vintage doilies and used these to cover the head. I have two more heads like this however each one is covered in a different material. The second is covered in crocheted plastic bags and the third I haven’t decided about yet.

I included the one made from salvaged doilies because of it’s connection with past crocheters. Each doily will have been made by someone different and whilst we can never know their personal stories we can at least still see their work and understand the love and care that went into every twist, knot and stitch.

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After we finished mucking about we completed one alcove. This includes the work of some of the people the Big Knitting group have collaborated with over the years, including the Knitting Guerrillas of Birstall and Super Crochet Girl.

The flowers on the wall are made by one of the members of the knitting group, Alison. And there is also a beautifully made CAL (Crochet-A-Long) by Mary, also a member of the Big Knitting group.

Don’t forget the exhibition opens on the 6th June and is on for a month so get yourself on down to Charnwood Museum to check out the rest of the exhibits, including the work of LUSAD 1st yr textile students. Don’t forget to have a frolic in the Enchanted Garden installation.