Tag Archives: toys

Lovebox festival photos

20 Aug

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Knottingley workshops

18 Jul

During June and July I visited the Crafty Folk in Knottingley to run a series of workshops with the lovely ladies there.  The Crafty Folk make sellable crafty objects to sell at fetes and fairs and give the profits to local charities.  I think some of these amazing furry toys might be given to loved ones though.

Bear

blue bear

Caterpillar

Sheep

The furry 3

Stripey alien

Emma's bird

Mixed up animals…

25 Feb

Lucy Bailey’s reconstructed soft toys on display at Here shop and Gallery. Lucy has picked apart the seems of wild animal soft toys to create new hybrids. Check out the panda parrot.

Check out Gammaraybots…

25 Feb


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Tom Torry’s Gammaraybots collection. He uses found objects to create these rather amazing little robots.

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

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.

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…