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LCAD prospectus 08/09

5 Sep

A photo of my degree show work is in the Leeds College of Art & Design 08/09 prospectus. Alongside work that had been made at previous workshops, I exhibited an interactive projection of this Re-Toyed Trash blog and had a workshop bench and materials for visitors to make their own toys with. In the prospectus image my coursemate Bav Shah is making a toy at the workshop bench during his invigilation of our Art & Design degree show.

Partake workshop

7 Nov

I was invited by Partake to do a workshop at Wakefield College on 10th October for the Cathedral launch event. My workshop was a part of an open day for the college’s pupils to try out different act activities, also an initiative to help artists work in schools. Other workshops at the event included origami, animation, architecture with sweets and bracelet making.

Artist Nicolar Bell joined me for the workshop. Together we made templates for finger puppets, plush toys and cardboard robots so that the children had a range of characters to choose between. All of the children were able to take away their own creations when they were finished. Bunnies and octopuses proved to be very popular choices, as did the cardboard robots. It was interesting to bring the workshop to this new environment after a summer of workshops at different festivals. This time around, there was no straw to bring home in the luggage mixed in with the fabric.

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Spotty bunny

Purple octopus fingerpuppet

Trinity3 exhibition photos

26 Aug

There’s just one day left to catch the ‘Trinity3’ exhibition at Holy Trinity Church, and that’s tomorrow: bank holiday Monday 27th August. Here’s some photos from the exhibition…

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I had never seen the space in the church being utilised in this way before with a projector screen hanging between two pillars and a sound installation on the central walkway.

My Re-Toyed Trash installation had a mixture of creations from the workshops and a workshop bench for people to work on. I was pleased to find that a few people were bringing in their own materials to leave for other people to work with in the workshops. Kate left us some brilliant shimmery fabric that she said would not use. Thanks Kate.

Re-Toyed Trash installation

I was also exhibiting ‘Leeds Degree Shows Adventure’, a photography project collaboration with Joe Mawson. This project documents my journey around the recent Leeds Fine Art degree shows. The photographs explore my own interaction with other graduate’s work. Playfully negotiating ideas around Authorship, an Artists’ Ego, Art Education and Artwork-as-backdrop it relates to my own position as a recent Artist Graduate.

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My 'Leeds Degree Shows Adventure' project installed

Bav Shah’s knitted rubber work was also exhibited at ‘Trinity3’. This is his large piece that can be used as a sarong or a hammock, hanging in front of one of the stained glass windows.

Bav Shah's 'Rubber Soul'

Workshop in the exhibition

27 Jun

It’s the last day of the exhibition at Leeds college of Art & Design today. Yesterday, we had an impromptu workshop in the studio with some new creatures being made.

Workshop in the exhibition

Here’s Donna Walker’s completed Giraffe 2…

Donna and Giraffe 2

Bryony made a badge for her favourite module tutor, Bridget to give to her as a present.

Bryony with her Bridget badge

Sophie and her penguin (I need to find out what name she gave this one)…

Sophie with Penguin

Here’s Kelly Pollard’s toy. I like how she’s stitched her initials on the creature.

Kelly's toy

Helen Williams created an outfit for Lil’s ‘Floppy Drunks Friend’ toy.

A outfit for Floppy Drunk's friend

Bryony also made Kelly-Jelly fish

Bryony's Kelly-Jelly fish

Here’s Bav’s creation. Nice use of a zip for a mouth.

Bav's toy

And this cutie was made by Kate Harrison…

Kate's toy

Saturday’s plush workshop

21 May

The workshop on Saturday was held in the ‘Corner of the market I’ unit in the Merrion Market, a large red unit just a tiny walk from theartmarket.

Corner in the market I

Saturday workshop

At the workshop we had lots of fabric for people to use, a sewing machine and other tools. The fabric I have been collecting over several months and comes from charity shops and unwanted clothing and scrap fabrics.

Stitch

Here is Amy with the stitching that she did in the workshop. She said she might finish it at home or maybe bring it to the next workshop to finish it.

A happy Amy

This is Michael with his brilliant ‘Octopus’. I particularly like the shape of its block head.

Michael and 'Octopus'

Jen made a sock puppet called ‘Lilly’ with a pretty bow on top of her head.

Jen and 'Lilly'

Here’s Donna taking a break after a long day of her project ‘Swap Shop’.  She’s beginning work on a plush giraffe.

Donna starting her giraffe

Everyone, apart from Zo hand-stitched their work. We were suprised how quickly Zo managed to whip up a plush bird using the sewing machine.

Zo using the stuffing

Slug before stuffing

This was supposed to be a rat, but everyone said it looked a lot more like a slug. It really took shape after a bit of stuffing.

Slug with stuffing

Donna with giraffe

Brush resting

Zo put some googly eyes on a paint brush and we took photographs as though the brush was an artist at the workshop. I’m hoping to use these photos to create a short animation inviting people to the workshop and declaring that even brushes can join in.

The next workshop will be this Tuesday with Nicolar Bell and all creations shall be on display in an exhibition in theartmarket from Saturday 26th May.

Re-Toyed Trash workshops for Situation Leeds

9 May

Workshops poster with time

We have confirmed the following dates for workshops to be held at theartmarket as part of ‘a corner in the market’ for Situation Leeds 2007….

1st Workshop: Saturday 19th May 1-5pm

2nd Workshop: Tuesday 22nd May 1-5pm
with visiting artist Nicolar Bell

Plushies! These new workshops shall be focusing on using fabrics to make plush characters and creations. We shall be re-using unwanted fabrics, such as old clothes, bed sheets and offcuts. Obviously all fabric that we use will be clean, it will either have been discarded as clothing or unwanted as fabric. We want to help you give this fabric a new life in the form of your unique creation. As usual we will be providing all the equipment and materials that you need to make stuff, but if you want to bring along some fabric that you think is pretty tasty to work with, then please do so.

In the both workshops we will provide pens and paper for people to sketch out their designs prior to making a plushy.
In the second workshop, Nicolar Bell will have templates to enable anyone to make one of their own plush fox neck pieces, like the one below.

Fox plush

All things made in the workshop can be submitted to a final exhibition beginning Saurday 26th May and will be photographed to be included on the blog and in a publication of all works from all of our workshops.

For those of you who don’t know where TheArtMarket is, it’s in the Merrion Market, which is at the back of the Merrion Centre, which is the one with Morrisons in it, which is on Woodhouse Lane, which is a big road that leads up to the Uni.

Nicolar and I will be collaborating to produce some posters for these events, so watch this space for those.

Monster Making Workshop

19 Nov

Saturday Art Club poster

On Saturday 18th November, Dan Walls and I conducted a Monster Making workshop as part of the fortnightly ‘Saturday Art Club @ Fab Cafe’. This was our first workshop and we were pleased by the amount of participation and how many toys were made. We supplied the materials: furry fabrics, bones, parts of old toys, googly eyes, glue and decorating materials.

Some people didn’t quite understand the idea of it, asking ‘how much does it cost?’, and when we replied ‘nothing’ they said ‘what’s the catch?’. I guess some people aren’t used to being offered to do something fun at no cost. When people got over this initial shock of it being free and got into it, I think they enjoyed themselves.

Here’s some of the first monsters that were made: (from left to right) ‘Scabby Crabby’ by Bryony Pritchard, ‘YetiKenny’ (not yet finished) and ‘Knackbot’ both by Dan Walls

Some of the first monsters made

Rachel is showing some affection to her new monster creation…

Rachel Creamer giving some love to her newly made monster named 'Gareth'

Ogi’s holding his monster together with some glue…

Ogi working on his monster

John Martin holding together his monster ‘Bob’

John Martin with his monster 'Bob'

Didn’t manage to get this man’s name – but he created a really cool like monster with pins and screws attached

The monster table

The next workshop shall be Robot Making. It’ll be in two weeks time on Saturday 2nd December. Everyone is welcome. Dan and I shall be smashing up some old un-functioning stereos and televisions before then to use. But everyone is free to bring their own stuff to use.

We decided that for next time we shall bring a guestbook for names, creations and comments.