Work that involves participation by way of contribution is there because it has been created collectively. When working with people who are in isolated or vulnerable situations the artwork becomes a catalyst for change. Its linage is of activisim and dialogical art practices.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

BCEP (Bradford Community Envionment Project) Allotments Project

From September to November 2009 artist Larna Campbell and I worked with BCEP who were working with school children on an allotment near their school.

Larna and I ran visual arts workshops on the allotment to encourage a wider range of children to get involved in using the space. We focused on making hand made paper. We used weeds collected from the allotment to make paper pulp and berries to dye paper. We experimented with sheet forming and then began to use sculptural techniques to make the paper into vessels and forms.

The process of collecting, search for suitable materials was also part of the fun as you can see here the children made pictures of fruit and vegetables from coloured leaves found around the allotment space.

From more info on BCEP go to www.bcep.org.uk

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Mums group at Midland Road

I'm working with Larna Campbell for Artworks Creative Communities on a project with a group of parents at Midland Road Nursery. The aim is to make a mosaic to promote health including emotional well-being general health and a specific health issue identified by the group.

To get our creative muscles loosened up I've been running some taster sessions to get us all geared up for designing the mosaic. Here's how it's going so far:

We had a look through some health leaflets, divided them into those that were relevant and those that weren't. We took the relevant ones home to read and the others we made jewelry from.

The following week we did some creative mapping, drawing our movements for a day or in a week or all the places we go at present.

Here's one participants 'last Wednesday' she visits two schools, family, shopping, home, and attends classes then does the journey again to pick every one up again.

We know ho good fruit is for us, but last week we found out how good drawing is for us.

We had a little exhibition of our work at the end. It's just in the kitchen but it looks good. We have a break now for half term, when we go back we have to plan a day out and then we need to focus on designing and making the mosaic for the center.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

YOT Session at St Peter's House

Today I worked with the YOT team. Two young people, three support staff and a volunteer form Kala Sangam. We had a two hour art session. I'd been to the Manchester Art Fair on Sunday with Louise and Inbal( Louise Atkinson, artist Leeds, and Inbal Druval, artist Israel). It was a good research trip. I spoke to some artist led space and curator led spaces. I noticed a contrast in the kind of work they promoted and how they promoted it. So I showed some of the post cards and magazines I'd picked up to the group.

After a brief discussion about the work. Then we put that aside for a bit and then we looked at Gillian Wearings signs. They went down well. Immediately a young person announced they had the prefect sign, but they were keeping it a secret until we started making.

I'd brought with me a collage I'd done when I was 16 or so. I wanted to make an image that joined the Gillian Wearings signs and my collage of a 2 Unlimited flyer. In other words join a professional practice onto that of a young persons.

So we started with some words I'd cut from the Youth Information website. We attempted to make sentences of our own. They were surreal to say the least. We then chose images from a 2009 calendar as a base and assembled them with these sentences.

Here's what we came up with:

The Law

Disabilies in different cultures.

I don't want your money I just want change.

Finding my niche.


Thursday, 20 August 2009

Cottingley Cornerstone Center


This was a great project through Kala Sangam. It was a group of ladies who were doing art for fun. I showed them how to make paper and they totally loved it. One of the ladies was so good at it she showed the rest of the group who came on the second week. Over four weeks we did marbling, making paper jewelry, printing and based it all around making our own paper.

Monday, 10 August 2009

3D graphic scores

At an event with Art in the Park Sheffield I facilitated a session on making sculptures that described the sounds we could hear in our environment.

Here's some images of what we made.

We started by listening carefully to the sounds around us.

Then we made marks to represent these shapes.

Then we used materials like pipe cleaners and paper to make these marks into forms.

We hung some outside as well.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

More images from The Bolsover School

Above; paper folding inspired by Janpanese textile artists

constructing with wire

paper frames drying after a days work

Monday, 18 May 2009

Creative Partnerships at The Bolsover School

After Easter I started a residency at The Bolsover School. We are working on five wall hangings to go in the new school. Alongside this we are exploring handmade paper and constructed textiles. The Bolsover is a specialist enterprise school so we hope to use the paper to make products for the school to sell.
In these first four weeks we have been doing some research into methods of textile construction. We've looked in books and had group discussions to decide what ideas we would like to try out ourselves. Then we've tried out different methods with materials.

  • tapestry with a cartoon
  • shading
  • colour gradation
  • origami
  • constructing with wire and recycled fabric
  • constructing with paper
  • making paper sheets from recycled paper
  • collecting plants and flowers from around the schools to make paper
  • laminating
  • paper bowls
  • dying paper with poster paint
  • exploring natural form
  • dying fabric
  • ikat dying
  • tye dying
  • drawing
All of our work is dcumented in 'The book of this project' which is a working title.