Wednesday, April 23, 2014
anticipating some signs of Easter in this weeks zoom in and out pairs.
Monday, April 21, 2014
my final visit to the Science Museum was the Makers Fair – rooms full of people who make things and want you to have a go too – how could I resist?
The first room I walked into had a group of ladies eager to help us use enamel to decorate a piece of copper for a broach or pendant. I needed no prodding to take a seat and start choosing my 2 colours of enamel and a metal stencil to use to create the patter. shake on the background, fire, position the stencil, shake on the 2nd colour, fire, let cool and I had a lovely pendant to wear. These ladies were the first of several during the day who said ‘you do crafty things don’t you?’
then into the big room full of crafting – people planning wood, making rag rugs, spinning strips of newspaper into ‘yarn’. I was tempted by a table with piles of felt and surrounded by people sewing – wandered over and the lady asked me if I wanted to make a parasite – how could I resist – I consider Ebola but settled for malaria. These ladies are developing educational materials for education on parasites which led to making parasites from felt and they told me they are developing crochet patterns for leaches, tics and mosquitoes too !!
The next room was full of computery makes – flashing lights, underwater vehicles, movement turned into light and noise, 3D printers. I enjoyed playing with the effect of a big time delay video feed on the wall – a few seconds after you move it plays 2 versions of your movement with a few seconds between and in different shades of grey. So I was able to take a photo of me taking a photo
next was a delightful group of Chinese origin ladies who were teaching traditional flat knot to make a dragonfly – I was pleased to see a group of young men at the table enjoying learning this craft alongside all young girls and women
My final make was with the re-cycle, repair, up-cycle group who had a fascinating stall and were showing us how to make an accordion book from re-cycled paper. I included the printed sheet with my ticket for the event as one of my pages – seemed appropriate.
I thoroughly enjoyed all the making and talking to people who are excited to make things. I’ve collected several fliers and cards to follow up on projects and workshops. 5 hours satisfyingly spent.
Maker Faires are a global thing – if you see one advertised near you I’d highly recommend it
Friday, April 18, 2014
Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed receiving postcards from various artists thanks to Kat’s wonderful Liberate Your Art annual postcard swap, and now we are sharing our experience and cards on a bloghop over several days.
First to arrive was this wonderful seascape from David Morel
then a fabulous bird from Kate
and some seagulls from Patricia
a week later Charlotte’s celebration of the Year of the Horse arrived
followed by the disco queen collaged bird from Lisa
and then Kat’s beautiful autumn leaves
All sitting on my bookshelf and prompting a smile when I walk past them. Thank you Kat for organising this lovely swap and to all the artists whose cards I received.
I loved receiving the cards and making contact with each person and visiting new blogs and photo collections. I really appreciate the new connections from the liberated art.
But my experience has not been 100%. I can’t help feeling disappointed that I have not received a single contact from people who received my cards. Last year I heard from 2 of the 5 and was disappointed. This year I have not heard from any of them.
Am I wrong in expecting an e-mail from the people who receive my cards? I’m interested in the broader practice – if you participated in the swap, how many acknowledgment e-mails did you receive?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I only had my camera with me but had a play anyway and after much moving of the lens and camera I managed some shots which show the magnification
I live in Scotland, used to live in New Zealand and travel often for work and pleasure.
I always have my camera with me and enjoy recording daily life and quirky things I see. Digital art and recording life are my primary creative outlets at the moment.
I've tried many crafts and still knit sometimes and make jewellery and play with paper, glue, stickers and brads.
celebrate the obvious - what is ordinary to you is often a revelation to others (part of Improv Wisdom)
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