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Kids Tent @ Moor Music festival

25 Jul

Armed with a big bag full of scrap fabrics, some stuffing and safe plastic needles, I went to the Moor Music festival last weekend. Sarah Spicer did a fantastic job of organising the kids tent and the activities this year. There were zones for different activities: Hoopla, Dressing up, Telephone, Face Painting, Random craft and my Re-Toyed Trash sewing workshop so the kids had too much to do to ever get bored. I also noticed some non-kids sneak in for a face painting.

Kids tent

The kids were decorating the tent with their creations throughout the festival and made hats, tea pots and other magical things to be used in their Mad Hatters Tea Party on the last evening.  Some images from the party will be in the next post.

I brought with me some examples of plush toys made at recent workshops. You might recognise some of these characters from previous blog posts. The tortoise and the octopus were very popular with the kids and some tried their best to take them home. However I offered that they could make their own toys instead.

Plush audience

Some of the kids had never sewn before and needed lots of help to get started, so we had lots of one-on-one sewing lessons. The ‘Monsters Inc.‘ furry fabric seemed to be very popular with lots of monsters being sewn together.

Robyn made a teddy bear called ‘Sully’, named after the Monsters Inc character. I was very impressed with her sewing capabilities and her patience because this teddy bear took a long time to complete. Here she is with her completed teddy.

Robyn with Sully

This girl made a snake from a section of some old stripey socks. Notice the snake’s long tongue with hearts on it. This snake is called Alex.

Asha and her snake

Here’s a full-length photo of Alex.

Alex the snake

This plush is a soft monster ball with eyes.

Monster ball

Ellie made two furry seals on the first day. This is the second one with two ears.

Furry seal with two ears by Ellie

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Tuesday’s plush workshop

25 May

Tuesday was the busiest workshop we’ve ever had. Lots of friendly visitors had a play and made some unique plush creations. This is going to be a bit of a long post since I have many photos of the activity and creations to show.

Fabric arranged in a rainbow

Here’s the demo plush neck fox that Nicolar made as a guide for everyone

Plush fox example

Doorway

Lil was the first to complete a plush toy in this workshop and here is ‘Floppy Drunky’, an artist plush who likes a bit of a drink by the looks of things…

'Floppy Drunky' by Lil Adams

A hive of activity in the Merrion unit

Plush workshop

Beth sewing up the body of her plush and Gemma sewing together ‘Dave’ the rave tape mouse

Gemma

Plush workshop

Sophie putting stuffing in her soon to be hamster creation, ‘Maisy’

Sophie stuffing her hamster

Jo stitching together the tortoise shell for ‘Fly’. Check out those pretty nails.

Jo stitching the tortoise shell

Amylee making some lips to go on her fish

Amylee making some lips

Sarah cutting out the fabric pieces for her plush fox

Sarah with fabric for her pluh fox

Lianne with her plush ‘Lilly White Legs’. Lilly wanted to make friends with the other plush toys and is presently being given a piggy back ride by Donna’s giraffe

Lianne & 'Lilly white legs'

Amylee with her plush ‘Lilly Jean’, made in memory of the late Lilly Jean the fish that got spots.

Amylee and 'Lilly Jean'

Jess, Dave and ‘Michael Ball’. This plush fox was made at the speed of light, maybe because there were three people stitching at once.

Jess, Dave & 'Michael Ball' the fox

‘Michael Ball’ has been taken away by his makers to be given to a friend for their birthday and wont be in the exhibition, so here’s a lovely photo of Mr Ball on his own

'Michael Ball' plush fox by Jess, Rob & Dave

Beth with her unnamed plush girl. I like that this girl looks like she’s got attitude with her crossed arms.

Beth with her plush

Gemma turning her starfish ‘Carl’ inside out. This starfish is definitely thee best I’ve ever seen and I’ve hinted at Gemma that I’ve got my eye on it.

Gemma working on her starfish

Even though Hamish arrived late at the workshop, he managed to make this little beaut. This finger puppet may look as though he’s got one eye, but the other one is on the other side of his face, allowing him to see in both directions at the same time.

Hamish and finger puppet

Jo with ‘Fly’ the tortoise

Jo

Here’s some of the plush gang together

Plush gang

I did some filming at the event, so I’ll be doing something with that soon and uploading it, so watch this space. Also a reminder that the exhibition of workshop work will begin Saturday 26th May and continue for a week as part of theartmarket’s ‘Fruit of art labour’.