Saturday, 27 August 2016

Return to Making

I've been having a break from my own making for a while, just doing little bits here and there with no real direction. I'd been asked to teach a more advanced class in felt making this September, so decided to do 3D vessels, which meant I had to get my felting equipment out to remind myself of the process as I'd not done it for a while. 

Oh feltmaking! How I'd missed you.  I've wholeheartedly thrown myself back into making fabric from wool and decided to embark on a Certificate in Feltmaking Techniques run by the International Felt Makers Association. 

This morning I made my first piece of felt for the coursework, a square piece using blue face Leicester wool, this had to have straight edges, which I really am not very good at.  

The Blue Faced Leicester looks like this. 

It took two attempts and though it's not perfect, I'm quite pleased with this result. 

The piece on the left is my first attempt. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Wild Play and woodlands.

Yesterday.  morni. ng I took my two dogs and headed to a nearby wooded area, I felt I needed to do some connecting with the earth. I'd run my first after school club in the woods last week and it has become quite a seminal moment for me.

Being in the woods with children and seeing them interact with their environment, getting on with the serious art of playing and growing is wonderful. I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing with my life.

So, back to my walk yesterday. I needed to spend time, give thanks and say goodbye to any self doubt. I did a connecting with the earth exercise, (this did involve me laying down, the puppy thought this was a great new game) and then I wandered off looking for things that appealed to me. I gathered a few leaves, some bark and some red clover.

I picked an oak leaf - strength, birch bark - renewal & beginning, holly - assertion & objectivity, red clover - good luck and a sycamore.  The sycamore has no mythology from the UK possibly as it wasn't introduced until the middle ages. 

Thank You

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

30 Days Wild Challenge

I'm taking the 30 days challenge organised by The Wildlife Trust, this takes place throughout June and encourages people to get outdoors on every day throughout June. I'm outdoors most days but thought the challenge was a great opportunity to record what I get up to whilst being more mindful about it.

Day 1 was a bit of a deluge of rain and wind and I didn't get off to a great start, I managed to get out at lunchtime but didn't really feel inspired to take any photos.

Today (day 2) was marginally better with gusting winds, so Maybe the dog and I ventured out to pick some grasses to add to my forest school flora and fauna id book.

The meadows near my home are in full flower and looking rather beautiful at the moment.

Saturday, 7 March 2015


Spent a lovely afternoon yesterday making a small fire to make myself some charcloth, this will help my firelighting go more smoothly without having to resort to using cotton wool. I've been drying my kindling and small twigs for a while so once I'd got a nice little flame going, it was ready to put my tin of cloth on to char. Its the same process as making charcoal, and only took a few minutes. I'm quite proud of the results.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Woodland Management, New Events and an Art Walk

I'm on a woodland management course this weekend and yesterday I felled my first tree!  I was working with Ian and Andy who both own small woodlands, we started off with some smaller trees using the step method, but really... We wanted to fell a big one! So we all had a go at the 'beak' method and really made an impact on the area we were working on. By 3pm, the sun was streaming through and hitting the woodland floor giving some of the ground layer plants a chance to grow.

Its been a busy few months lately,  I'm crocheting lots, volunteering at a local school who run forest schools, studying and I've also started to volunteer at a wood to gain extra knowledge.

With Corridor Arts, we're also organising an Art Walk for May and talking to the Eden Project about having a Big Lunch Extras event the same weekend. The art walk will be in the Belper Parks and take place over spring bank holiday weekend.  The Parks will be filled with art work, yarn bombed and have some activities for visitors too.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Bobbins V Gravity - an art installation

I spent yesterday afternoon out in the park again with artist Andrew Martyn Sugars, as he created an amazing installation using string and bobbins.  The bobbins were donated by The North Mill and had been used when the mill was up and running.

This work was a development piece that grew out of a previous installation at The Eco Centre in Wirksworth and drew on Andrews own history of working with laser beams. We had a very soggy day which was thoroughly enjoyable, friends popped in and strangers stopped to chat with their inquisitiveness piqued.

I also took the opportunity to experiment with some of the pieces I've been crocheting to help explore future community yarn bombing projects.