Sunday, 23 January 2011

Time management is a priority on this residency. The time has flown past this week but I feel like I have achieved a lot. I have settled into my space, and have more of my own work 'stuff' around me now which is inspiring.

The first session with one of the community groups went really well, I met them last week after their adult education class and they were very enthusiastic and keen to 'have a go', even the Community Police Officer joined in The feedback was postitive with one of the group commenting this week: "You inspired me after the session I went home and got my sewing kit out and did all of the little repair jobs that I have been meaning to do for ages."

It is great to see my work in another context. I have had my work in exhibitons, shop windows, wedding and craft fayres but not in a library setting before. It is attracting interest and gives me and the library staff opportunities to talk about my work and publicise the different events. the library staff have been great, really supportive and enthusiastic about my residency it has helped me so much.
Some work from the first session, just waiting for the 'bling' to be added. Gems, sparkles, more feathers etc it is up to the individual. Everyone started with a central feature that they made by hand then added feathers and wired pearls and gems etc. Not bad for the first time! All of the group are really looking forward to the next session. 

Making the centrepiece.
This week I have finalised the timetable to include:  Workshop sessions every Thursday for 2 community groups plus anyone else that wants to take part. I am also working for 2 mornings with 2 Year 10 BTEC Art & Design groups from Frankley High School and also doing a family sharing event with Year 7 & 8 also from Frankley High School. I am going to do an open Coffee Morning session on Wednesday 2nd February from 10.00am for anyone that wants to come along on Hat Making with the opportunity to make some fascinators too. There will also be lecture presentations to Birmingham City University students studying for B.A.Textiles and HND Jewellery & Silversmithing. The final event will be a 3 day exhibition from Thursday 24th march until Saturday 26th March with a community sharing event taking place on Thursday 24th March. Details will be confirmed soon. Phew!                                                                      

Work during session 2, 20.01.11 
They are wearing some of my fascinators.      

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