Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Bottisham Village College Banners

Over the year Cary and I work on many different small scale community projects - workshops that take a couple of hours or a single day.  I love these projects because they have the excitement of an instant 'hit'.   You start with a blank sheet and in a very short while you have helped someone produce a banner or a T-shirt....etc.

Often these small scale interventions are part of a bigger project that goes beyond the print  - so it might be a small corner of a  bigger event like the re-opening weekend of the Cambridge Zoology Museum, working in a school as part of a series of activities to build up young people's confidence, or perhaps just generally contributing to an isolated community's access to the arts.

Every now and again, though, a  bigger and more challenging project comes along and that is really exciting.

Cary and I have been working on a banner project at Bottisham Village College which has been both a big project in itself as well as part of an even bigger project and event.  'Project 80' was a celebration of the college's 80th anniversary and it explored the history, heritage and architecture of the school.

We were asked by Lesley Morgan, Arts Development Officer, to create a series of banners with the pupils at the school which could hang one of the fabulous spaces in the new school building.

We chose a corner where the new building connects with the old - a sort of hub where the main entrance leads to the staircase and  turns the corner into the older building.  

Our inspiration was the school's architecture, new and old.  We used photos taken on site as a starting point for prints that were sometimes literal, sometimes more abstract. 

 We also used photos taken by the construction manager at Morgan Sindall showing the construction process. 

And we included a few images from the school's archive, as well as pictures of Henry Morris, the visionary educationalist who founded the school.

Colour inspiration was from  the 1930's when the school was first built. Blacks, greys and spot colours.

Forty amazing year 7 pupils worked on this project, wielding craft knives to cut incredibly complex stencils and screen printing these onto the banners themselves.

Cary went up with Ian in the scissor lift (did you know it was called that?) to hang the banners.

And here we have it......

A big thanks to Lesley Morgan,  Arts Development Officer for organising this project and to the site team from the College and from Morgan Sindall who gave up their own time to help with the hanging.  And a special thanks to The Arts Society, Newmarket who funded the project, with additional support from the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Library Presents - Screen Printing Tour

Some great book bags from Library Presents workshops in Chatteris.

We were lucky to have Moira Millman participating in this workshop - for more of her illustrations see http://www.moiramillman.co.uk/

And from some other workshops in this series:

 More workshops to come:

Wednesday 24 Oct 18 , St Neots library
Friday 26 Oct 18 , Yaxley Library
Saturday 27 Oct 18, March Library 
Saturday 10 Nov 18 , Wisbech Library 

As you can see these workshops are for kids, adults- everyone welcome. Places are limitted - book at your nearest library.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Family Learning - T-shirts

Screen printing bags and T-shirts at Family Learning workshop last week at Cottenham VC. 

There were so many lovely designs - I can't show them all so I've chosen the ones that were in focus on my somewhat iffy camera:

Family learning is all about parents and children working together and this one is a fabulous mother daughter collaboration

This took some very patient cutting out by Mum!


Thinking outside the box

Rabbits and carrots

And better than the Bayeux tapestry!       

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Small Scale Screen Print Class

As we're about to start a new small scale  screen print class at Witchford Village College this  term, I thought I'd show some of the amazing work done by people who have done this course before. There's not much I can say,  I think the pictures speak for themselves:

So if you'd like to have a go and you enjoy working with textiles, sign up!
This is a beginners class on Wednesday evenings for 8 week class starting 3rd Oct at Witchford Village College

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Fabulous Felting for Stitch

Here's the thing about felt- it really doesn't matter whether you are prefer free machine embroidery or traditional embroidery, handmade felt is beautiful to sew into and embellish.  

Why?  Well, if you are hand stitching it's really easy to slide a needle through. So it actually feels good to be sewing. And if you're using the machine, it compresses the felt and creates lovely contrast with the unstitched areas.

Either way, the results are sumptuous.  So with wet felting being a very sensory activity, the whole process is ...........well, it's just glorious!!

Our aim in this class is create a series of samples so you can explore different wet felting possibilities,  Each week we will concentrate on a different aspect of wet felting. We will be using class time to make the felt and to talk about stitch possibilities.  The actual stitching can be done in your own time either between classes or after the 5 week program is complete.  Think of all those long winter evenings coming up...

Some of the things we'll be looking at are surface decoration, cords and baubles, holes and lace, nuno and using resists to create pockets, craters and texture.

This class is about exploration, about making discoveries and about exchanging ideas. 

See course info here
And for booking:  Cottenham Village College Adult Learning 

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Screen Printing and Felting Classes- Adut Learning

It's that time of year again ....planning for some great textile classes next term.  Here's list of upcoming adult classes and workshops:

Feltmaking: Fabulous Felting for Stitch
Cottenham Village College
Start date: 19 September 2018
Wednesday 10.00 - 13.00. Runs for 5 weeks
£82 (concession £62) plus materials
Contact details
Tel 01954 288751

Brief description:
Emphasis is on the experimental with this course, which concentrates on the principles of wet felting for textile artists and creative stitchers. Newcomers as well as the more experienced are welcome. Materials extra.

And I am finally teaching an evening class for textile printing:
Small Scale Screen Printing on Textiles
Witchford Village College
Starting Wednesday 3 October for 8 weeks
7.00pm – 9.00pm
£80 / £64 concession

01223 200411 (Monday – Friday, 9.00am to 2.30pm)

Brief Description:
Using tiny screens (up to A5 print size), we will explore a huge range of printing techniques.  Working small can free you up to be very experimental and enables you to try out lots of new ideas quickly.
This is a good course for any beginner who would like to print their own unique textiles, whether it is for clothing, bags, home furnishings, creative embroidery or textile art.
Screen printing is fast, colourful and exciting – so come along with a pile of plain fabrics and create a great stack of printed fabrics by the end of the course.

And while we're on the subject of evening classes -here's some info about long running class that Cary teaches at Ely college:

Life Drawing
Tutor:  Cary Outis
Saturday 17 November
10.00am – 4.00pm
£50 / £43 concession

Contact:  community@elycollege.co.uk
(01353) 664853

Brief Description:
During this workshop, you will explore the techniques and possibilities of drawing or painting from life.  Whether you’re a newcomer or well versed, there’ll be something for you.  Life drawing is one of the richest seams in all Art.
The tutor will cover whatever technical questions you may have, while not losing sight of the creative.  By the end of the day, you should feel a little more sure of the underlying structure of a person and the reasons behind all those artists’ clich├ęs.  The longer poses of a full day will enable you to explore the process more deeply.

Saturday Day Schools

Felt a Beret
Saturday 17 November 2018
Witchford Village College
For more info click: Witchford Sat Workshops

Nuno Felted Scarf
Saturday 24 November 2018
Impington Village College

Impington Saturday Workshops

Screen Printing on Textiles
Saturday 16 March 2019
Witchford Village College
Save the date - booking not open yet

Screen Printing on Textiles  
Saturday 23 March 2019
Cottenham Village College
Save the date - booking not open yet


Thursday, 21 June 2018

CirculART trail

If you’re in Mill road area, please come and see our work in the CirculArt trial (see below)

I say 'our' because this year, I've been involved in CirculArt trail in 2 different projects.

Firstly the Move on Up  'Art in Community' class that I teach in Cambridge have taken part and their wonderful work can be seen at the Children's Society Shop in Mill Rd.  

  All fabrics used were donated to the shop.  If you'd like to own a piece of this, all  the flowers are attached to pins and will be on sale after the exhibition with proceeds going to the Children’s Society.

And secondly, I have participated in this  project myself - and mine is in the Romsey Mill shop just down the road.

My own work is a dress that I made from old sheets that I dyed and printed (of course).  I was inspired by the sheer amount of bric an brac in the shop -especially tea sets and I wanted make something very bright and quite simple so it would stand out against the very busy Mill Rd.

And as you can see, the shop has saved some very secial tea sets to display with the dress. So they will be on sale at the end of the exhibition.

There's lots of other wonderful artists particpating in this event which is organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, a charity who’s aim is to promote sustainability  in Cambridge. And this year, all the charity shops (except one) in Cambridge are taking part.


The trail is live from 7th June until 28th June 2018, you can pick up a CirculART Trail map from participating shops and other select locations around Cambridge.

For an online trail guide:

The CirculART Trail is a celebration of  art and creativity, repurposing and recycling, and highlights the significant role that our charity shops play in reducing waste.

All artists who participate artists use repurposed materials in their art and display their work in the windows of Cambridge’s charity shops.