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End of ‘On the Fence’ exhibition

30 Jun

I spent the last day of the exhibition checking out the other student’s work around the college. I was particularly impressed by the Printed Textiles/Surface pattern design show and some of the exhibits in the Visual Communications show were astounding. I came back a few times to check on our exhibition and kept finding more people sat at the workshop bench making some toys from the scrap fabrics. Like this…

Workshop on the final day of the exhibition

The exhibition is now over, we’ve packed up and received our results. Let’s just say, I’m very pleased with them. Click here to view images of the rest of the exhibition.

I have been thinking, I need to organise a new exhibition for all of these new creatures and toys that have been made. Here are some of the makers with their toys…

Catherine with Dean the duck

Catherine and Dean the duck

Bav completed Mini Dude today by giving him a body and string vest

Bav and Mini Dude

Fiona finished her Sheepy just in time

Fi and sheepy

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New workshops

31 May

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I have been contacted by Manifesta who were a part of Ladyfest Leeds to see if I would like to do a workshop for an upcoming event at the Commonplace. This event on Tuesday 26th June is set to be full of fun activities and musical delights. It will feature the fantastic Kimya Dawson (of Moldy Peaches) from the US. The day will be 5 – 9.30pm and will be kid-friendly and so open for the whole family to join in. It’s a day not to miss.

Also, I’m having a meeting on Saturday with a lady who is running the kids tent at the Moor Music Festival 2007 (20th – 21st July) because she is interested in having some Re-Toyed Trash workshops running for the festival. I have not yet been to the Moor Music Festival, but I have heard many good things from friends about it so I’m really excited. Anna Tonks from theartmarket will be helping too.picture-6.png

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

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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’.

Re-Toyed Trash workshops for Situation Leeds

9 May

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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.

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.