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Plush toy exhibition

30 May

All the completed plush toys made at the workshops during Situation Leeds are in an exhibition in the Merrion Market. Here they are….

Montage-of-plush toy exhibition

‘Maisy’ by Sophie Strong

'Maisy' by Sophie Strong

‘Dave the rave tape mouse’ by Gemma Fozzard

'Dave' by Gemma Fozzard

‘Marky Marky’ by Mark Pembrey

'Marky Mark' by Mark Pembrey

‘Carl’ by Gemma Fozzard

'Carl' by Gemma Fozzard

‘Handy’ by Alicia

'Handy' by Alicia

‘Love Slugrat’ by Alicia

'Love Slugrat' by Alicia

‘King’ by Hamish Lloyd-Platt

'King' by Hamish Lloyd-Platt

‘Octopus’ by Michael Dixon

'Octopus' by Michael Dixon

‘Fly’ by Jo Stafford

'Fly' by Jo Stafford

‘Lilly’ by Jen Jones

'Lilly' by Jen Jones

Plush woman by Beth Dawson

Plush woman by Beth Dawson

‘Bird’ by Zoe Sawyer

'Bird' by Zoe Sawyer

‘Lilly White Legs’ by Lianne

'Lilly White Legs' by Lianne

Giraffe by Donna Walker

Giraffe by Donna Walker

‘Floppy Drunks friend’ by Lil Adams

'Floppy Drunks Friend' by Lil Adams

‘Floppy Drunk’ by Lil Adams

'Floppy Drunk' by Lil Adams

‘Frank’ by Sarah Barrett

'Frank' by Sarah Barrett

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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’.

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.