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Innocent Village Fete: Day 2

11 Aug

At the Innocent Village Fete: Sunday 5th August

More pictures as promised from the second day in the Folksy tent.

Orange-headed penguin with pink front….

Cute penguin

Fluffy cat head with big bright blue eyes. Meow!

Fluffy the cat head

This cat has got two sides: one pink and one purple. Looking very dapper with a pretty tie.

Pink cat

Turtles were the most popular plush to be made. I think this boy is pleased with his.

Turtle were very popular

The first bunny to be made at any of our workshops and looking very cute in a blue jacket.

Fluffy bunny complete with jacket

We ran out of stuffing towards the end of the day and in true re-use style we substituted the stuffing with shredded fluffy scrap fabric. Here’s some turtles hanging out together on the straw.

Turtles hanging out on the straw

I am particularly pleased that we managed to get the fluffy legs out of this dog when we turned it inside out. I was worried we might end up with a 2-legged dog, but after a bit of effort and poking through, the legs appeared and completed this lovely fluffy dog.

Fluffy dog

I would have personally named this one the ‘Incredible Mutant Sheep’. It took the couple hours to make and I’m impressed with their patience and persistence to finish it. It’s huge!

The incredible sheep

Isaac and his penguin.

Penguin time

Starfish with suckers and pretty pink bird

Starfish amd pink bird

This was one of the last creatures made with some striking red lips. Many eyes helps a good looking plush girl (all the better for seeing you with)…

Red lips

See more photos from the fete here. If you’re photo is not on the blog, but you want it to be send me a message and I’ll put it on.

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Innocent Village Fete go: Day 1

8 Aug

At the Innocent Village Fete: Saturday 4th August

I arrived at Regent’s Park with my suitcase full of scrap fabrics and toy stuffing and was unacclimatised to the hot weather. It was a beautiful day and the fete attracted thousands of visitors to the park to enjoy smoothies, food and a variety of activities. I felt very pleased to be a part of the Folksy tent helping the kids (and adults) to create some unique creatures. A bonus for me was being handed regular cups of free tasty smoothies throughout the fete and meeting many very interesting people, including some local crafters.

We had so many visitors to our workshop that I was very pleased to have Shaun there to lend a helping hand with the kids. I don’ t think he was expecting to be helping to sew up little fish and turtle creatures this weekend (he specialises in skateboarding lessons).

Helping Sam sew a starfish

Meet the creatures….

‘Shreegon’ is a mutant sheep dragon that began life as a dragon and adopted a set of fluffy wings, possibly to allow a soft journey to any who take a ride on his back.

'Shregon' the Sheep/dragon mutant creature

Laura was lovely to chat to and I could tell that she’s a natural crafter. She’s also a musician based in London, find out more about her music and talents on her website here. Here she is with her cute yellow dog that she made at the fete.

Laura and her shapely dog

Would you believe that this little lizard began as a badger and was magically transformed into this rough n ready for anything cowboy lizard? Oh yes.

Lizard complete with bandana

I was so impressed by this mega beetle. Having six squishy legs, a zip for a mouth and a variety of patterns on it’s shell makes it a cut above any beetle I’ve ever seen.

Beetle's underside

Parents were in on the act and got involved by lending a helping hand to complete some of the creatures. For some parents discovered they had skills they never knew existed. This was the first turtle to be made at the fete and involves some great team work.

First turtle of the day

And here’s a cute owl made at the end of the day.

Owl

It was great to see lots of happy faces when the creatures took shape and came to life. I hope the owners of the creations are pleased with their work and have found a safe home for each of them.

See more photos from the fete here. If you were at the workshop and want your photo to be put on the blog or you want your name included, send me a message and I’ll put it on.

Sunday’s activities in the next blog post to follow shortly…

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

Robot Making workshop

2 Dec

The Robot Making workshop was today and was a success. Over 9 different robots were made, named, photographed and admired. Our guestbook idea was put into use in this workshop and a good idea to track email addresses, names of creations and particpants comments. Since it was a busy Saturday in the Merrion market, many people walked passed and curiously asked what we were up to. Hope the word of our workshops will spread and more people will get involved in the future. Here are some photographs from the event today…
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'GlamRock wannabe bot'

Robot Making workshop poster

30 Nov

New Robot Making poster for workshop this Saturday

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.

Saturday Art Club @ Fab Cafe

18 Nov

First Workshop

I have organised an art making workshop at the Fab Cafe in Leeds. The first session is tomorrow (Saturday 18th November 2006) and the theme is Monsters and if it’s successful, I hope to have a different workshop fortnightly. I thought Fab Cafe would be a good venue with it’s wide selection of sci-fi and cult television memorabilia, including a life-sized darlek and King Kong as well as a number of old school toys in glass cases, which could be great inspiration for making toys. It also provides a sociable space and sells drinks.

I have organised an art making workshop at the Fab Cafe in Leeds. This workshop is a result of a collaboration between the artist Dan Walls and myself. Dan creates small toy sculptures using found materials and things that would otherwise be waste. He shall be showing examples of his creations at the workshop and giving any help and advice to those who need it.

I created these posters to advertise the workshop and have put them up around Leeds. I wouldn’t say I was a graphic artist, but these posters hopefully reflect the D.I.Y. sense of the workshop. I had an idea that for each workshop there would be a different poster with an illustration of the new theme. This time it’s monsters, with one attacking the Merrion Centre building. The next poster shall feature an attack by robots .
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As well as putting these posters up around Leeds in various places, I have created a myspace account to spread the word.
www.myspace.com/recycledtoys
Go check out the myspace page for news of the next workshop and to post your comments.

Alternatively email: recycledtoys@hotmail.com