Week Two: Charnwood Arts 40th Birthday Summer Project

What a week, there has been a flurry of activity at the ArtsHouse this week. We’ve been so busy  that I haven’t had the chance to blog on the activities each day, but needless to say it has been worth it. We have worked with each group again this week, including RawArt, ManCraft, MakeSpace, The Big Knitting Group, Media Club, and the Taiwanese interns have also been working with us.

On Tuesday we set up the printing press for dry point etching.

Whilst on Wednesday we did some more cyanotype printing but this week we also prepared some fabric with the photogenic chemical. We also experimented with adding coffee granules to the rinsing water which helped develop the images. This produced some fabulous results as the coffee changed the colour of the prints slightly so we got some beautifully crisp images with a lovely indigo blue.

On Thursday we spent the morning clearing the garden ready for Fridays celebrations. We also put up some of the makes from the last two weeks including some funky fish shaped wind socks and some netting ready for some creative and communal weaving. The Taiwanese interns came to work with us on Thursday as well, so we set up the printing press upstairs and we showed them how to make Ojo De Dios (God’s Eye Weaving). Some of the students took to the weaving making some lovely pieces, all different sizes. Others chose to experiment with some embroidery whilst two students worked upstairs to design, etch and print some delicate and intricate pieces.

As the afternoon turned to evening and everyone left myself and Jemma stayed a little longer to look through all the work we’ve produced over the last two weeks. We were amazed at the amount and the quality of the work. We bagged up 40 pieces of work to put out for our Free Art Friday event the next day.

Watch this space for an account of our Free Art Friday drop and celebration day activities.

Here’s a sneak peek…


This project is supported by Loughborough Universities Community Donations Fund



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