Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Making Workshop

Lovely messy creative day on Saturday making books with Sue.

We collaged, glued and painted our way through Saturday, assisted by Sue and all her fantastic ideas, and of course Edna's rock buns 

Lots of very different but very satisfying results

Many thanks to Sue for sharing her time and expertise with us all

Heather Wilson

We were recently entertained by Heather Wilson - maker of Mad and Beautiful Things-  and we enjoyed an evening on fun and frivolity with Heather who is an excellent and funny speaker.

Heather is well known for her immensely popular Personalised Name Pictures. These are finely detailed watercolour paintings, with the letters of the name set in one of many varied background scenes appropriate to the person.

Heather is a regular traveller and enjoys frequent visits to India and other destinations. She then produces works on canvas to capture memories.

Weavings containing personal mementoes are another aspect of Heather's work.

Mad hats for commissions or just for fun including her recent "Lying Cow Hat" are another reflection of her fun personality.

The above images are reproduced from Heather's website with her permission. Please do not share or copy these images. More of Heather's work can be seen here:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Blackpool Treasure Trove Project

Those of us involved with the treasure trove project have continued our sessions with Costumologists.
Continuing from our previous session, we had been asked to construct a collage depicting a "Blackpool Personality" - these came in various forms from paper collage to a superb Grayson Perry style vase made by Dianne.

This session followed on from our recent visit to Lightworks, so we took this further by discussing how we could incorporate some of the elements of the illuminations into our pop up museum.

We explored various illumination images and discussed the famous personalities involved in the Switch On over the years.

Time is marching on and we have yet to decide finally what form our pop up will take.
We discussed various options and are hoping that our forthcoming visit to the Museum of Liverpool will provide us with some inspiration for the type of display we are hoping to achieve.

We are certainly learning a great deal about Blackpool and the entertainment heritage in the resort whilst we participate in this project. The main focus now is to decide from the vast amount of available content what to include as the focus of our display. 
Catch up with the project here:

February Stitch Night

Our stitch night in February started us out on a journey to explore raised embroidery stitches.
Ann explained that the starting point could be stump work, but we would be looking at the use of raised stitches in many different contexts.

We started with a  a small sample to practice some of the stitches  and over the next couple of sessions we will expand on this and try to build some of the raised stitches into other works.

With lots of examples on show to inspire us, it looks as though this is going to be a very interesting voyage of discovery especially for those of us less familiar with these techniques

Monday, March 2, 2015