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More workshop photos

17 Apr

As promised more photos from the ladyfest workshop (thank you Sarah!). There’s some good ones of the workshop in progress. Here’s the stereo ready to be dismantled, well it’s ready to be dropped onto concrete after trying for enough time with the tools to break it apart…

Stereo soon to be dismanted

Here’s me unscrewing parts of the stereo after having dropped it from a height onto concrete. The stereo split into two parts and exposed the insides with all the circuit boards.

Workbench

Zo and Ames are beginning to make their monsters. I liked the way that Zo had stitched a bead necklace under some latex to create a spine for her creature. The latex being re-used here was from a huge monster sculpture that Dan had made for his degree show.
Dan’s monster was on display in the Leeds Met University main entrance few a few weeks, but unfortunately because of its gigantic size, it had to be taken apart because he could not find adequate storage for it. For a good view of the whole gigantic monster click here. Ames combined different found elements to give her monster a Jamaican vibe. I love the palm trees.

Finding materials

Dan working on some found wings…

Dan working with wings

Toby starting his monster, this dude made the mighty bird monster with wings made from reused latex.

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This guy is one of the couple who travelled up from Reading for the festival. He’s using a saw to cut off sections from the found toys to make it easier to glue them together. If you can spot the tiny prodigy sticker on the table….Dan went to great lengths to cut into the plastic of the stereo just to get this sticker off in one piece so he could put it onto the back of his crab monster.

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Sarah, one of our visiting ‘resident’ artists looking proud after making the first of her two robots. This one’s modestly named bot. He’s flying an art market flag. Bot is made mainly from old electrical equipment, including a cassette player for his head. Knitted resident artist sash made by Lil Adams.

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If this doesn’t illustrate how happy this workshop can make someone, I don’t know what will. Great smile Dan. It does also look as though he’s wearing a big black feather at the back of his head, suitable for a cocktail party.

Dan with wings

Zo’ monster nearly finished, with a baby doll plastic arm.

Zo

A rummage through the boxes of junk.

Rummaging in the boxes

Dan’s second monster….I think it looks a bit like a the skeleton crab riding a monster bike.

Crab monster

Toby’s bird monster…

bird monster

Sarah’s second creation of the day, this one is named ‘Ro’, with a circuit board for a body, a headphone-head, an old necklace for a mouth and the bit the holds a CD in place in a stereo for an eye.

Ro

A friendly artist (didn’t manage to catch his name) showing me his creation that has shaped up to look like a dinosaur. I’m impressed, you can’t see my face but I am.

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dinosaur monster

A workshop regular, Rachel ‘Miss Police’ working on her fantastically camp mime cat monster. Using many colourful beads.

Rachel

Crystal re-using some furry fabric.

Crystal

Workshop photos

15 Apr

Just a little report back from our Ladyfest Leeds workshop from yesterday: because of the brilliant support that we had from our visiting artist friends, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and everyone seemed to throw themselves in. There were lots of brilliant creations made: some robots, some cute little decorated pieces, some hanging flying sculptures and some big hybrid monster toys. I’m really pleased at the turn out, especially when I heard that two people at the workshop had traveled all the way from Reading to come to Ladyfest Leeds.

We had an old stereo and video player that didn’t work, which we spent some time taking apart. The stereo proved pretty difficult to take apart using just tools so, we ended up taking it to the street to drop from a great height into a dis-used subway to break it into usable parts. The circuit boards inside proved good parts for robots.

Thanks to the following artists for their support yesterday: Sarah Barrett, Zoe Sawyer, Dan Walls and Amy Warren

My camera died half way through the workshop so I have a limited amount of photos so far, however, Sarah was snap-happy all day so I’m hoping there’s some gems on her camera to post on here. Here’s the few photos that I have….

Trash friends

Crab monster by a dude from Reading

Crab monster

Big robot by a lovely lass from Reading

Big robot

‘Carribean womble merman’ by Amy Warren

Carribean womble merman

‘Bot’ by Sarah Barrett

Bot

If you want to see the full collection of creations from the workshop they are on display in the window cabinet opposite The Art Market in the Merrion Market.

Workshop tomorrow

13 Apr

workshop poster
Today I have been moving around the furniture in The Art Market in preparation for the workshop tomorrow. Aparently the weather reporters say it is going to be a very sunny day, which could mean that lots of people would prefer to go sit in the sun, or it could mean it will encourage more people out of bed and into our workshop….we shall see! I have spoken to Zoe and Anna, and we have decided that if enough interest is shown in the workshop then we may have an exhibition of the work to follow shortly. As usual I shall be posting up photos of the creations made in the workshop as soon as I can for everyone to see, so if you can’t make it down for the workshop tomorrow, watch this space for a visual treat of all the workshop junk art.

We are listed on the ladyfest leeds website here….

And in the programme…

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