Thursday, 4 February 2016

I'm starting to make fairy objects of delight and setting up stalls at Mind, Body Spirit Fairs...
Fairy Bird Houses, Fairy Lanterns, Fairy Wish Globes....







Life after stroke: and here's the proof


Life after Stroke Mural for Blackburn and Darwen group! Just catching up from last months activities... Another fantastic experience!


Monday, 28 September 2015

Catch up from the Summer!

Here's what I've been up to this summer!
At Brockholes Nature Reserve, I've been teaching:
 
Pebble Mosaics
 
Batik
 
Animal Sculptures
 
...and Silk Painting
 
 
Plus I have been working with Action Factory Community Arts on a few things including the Community Living Room and an arts project for Victoria Fields in Wigan at Bickershaw. Here are some of the mosaics going into an outdoor 3D art coal heritage/nature themed installation....coming soon to you outdoors!



 
I've also been helping out at the Lancaster Co-housing community to get started with a stained glass mosaic mural of the housing complex along the river as an abstract landscape piece, see how it becomes completed...so exciting watching things grow !
 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Felted Caterpillars and Eggs perfect for the Easter Break!

Here are some eggstra special creations at Brockholes Nature Reserve last Monday afternoon!
I must say that I never thought Batman would take time out from his busy schedule to come to my class!
And I've never had a class with the majority of boys like this one - awesome guys!


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Welcome to a Sensory Garden!

Here's a new sign for Your Housing Group at Penwortham. We had all the local families come in to  help choose colors and ideas of what elements went into the design. Brilliant ideas! I love the ladybirds!


Friday, 18 July 2014

World War 1 Mosaic Posters with St. Matthews CoE School

The Children from the school produced nearly 100 drawings and I had the toughest job to choose some designs, so i decided to blend many ideas into four posters. I also liked the idea that it's not just about the suffering and loss, but about the peace and courage we can carry into the present moment and values shared within the school and elsewhere....

Branch Decorations at Brockholes

Just catching up with classes earlier in the year!
This was am upcycled branch decoration using sustainanle materials.
Very colorful!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Aboriginal Batik at Brockholes=Clever Stuff!

Just look at these wonderfully rich works of art! Some of my students sent in pics the finished pieces and so they are so inspiring! It was wonderful being sent a message from a student... "Hi just wanted to say thank you for a great workshop on Monday at brockholes. We had a good time and achieved pieces of art we are very proud of."

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Finished Mosaics for the Smart Materials Project

As promised, here are some photos from the Smart Materials project that I helped Nerissa Cargill-Thompson with Bolton at Home. This project incorporates the application of smart materials with arts in the community. So I helped the local community at Lever Gardens making mosaics with smart beads for their garden installation. These beads change color when exposed to UV light (you can see them in the photo below, they look like O's). The nature scene is on display for the local residents at Lever Gardens to enjoy from their window. ;) Beautiful and cheerful!



The project sees local artists joining forces with the University’s smart material researchers to work with local community groups to explore, create and design different applications for smart materials - See more at: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/MediaCentre/Articles/2013/Feb2013-3.aspx#sthash.JEpPZWbT.dpuf
The project sees local artists joining forces with the University’s smart material researchers to work with local community groups to explore, create and design different applications for smart materials. - See more at: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/MediaCentre/Articles/2013/Feb2013-3.aspx#sthash.nvnjOi3G.dpuf

Monday, 6 January 2014

More Busyness with Wool, Jewellery, Mosaics and Soaps

Well it's about time I updated you on a few things I have been getting up to...what a busy year it was!
I have been teaching craft jewellery at Bolton College, felting at Galloways Society for the Blind, soaps at Brinscall Hall, and mosaics and soap at Bangor St. Community Centre, Blackburn! Here are some pictures of all the fun!.... Also was involved in a Smart Materials project for Bolton at Home, more details to follow!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Stained Glass Mosaics - So Radiant!

Here are some of the mosaics from the stained glass workshop at Hobbycraft...and they are so stunning! Everyone was really pleased with the results. One of my students sat down and said "Oh, this is the best day I've had in a long time!" (she hadn't even started yet!)  These are the works in progress, then they get grouted and beautify a bright place!
It's not too late to have a go yourself! There's another one coming up on...  
Saturday 23 Nov 1- 4.30 pm 
please see adult classes page