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Roll Up, Roll Up – Workshops Announced!

Hoorah –  We’re now in a position to announce our workshops for the 2011 festival!  We’re taking bookings now, so if you’d like to try something, drop us an email or give us a call on 01904 553397.

Mixed Media Bracelets made at the 2010 workshops

Mixed Media Bracelets made at the 2010 workshops

All our workshops will be taking part next year on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April at York Explore Library Learning Centre and we’ll be based in the The Garden Room, The Marriott Room and the Media Suite throughout the weekend.  As well as taking part in a workshop, we’ll be on hand to talk to you about courses we’ll be running in the spring and summer terms – or you can relax with tea and cake in the library cafe and browse our current brochure.

So, without further ado, we’ll be inspiring you with……..

Saturday 2 April

Create a Hand-felted Cushion Cover:   10.00am – 4.00pm, £15.00 per person waiting list only 

Create a Hand-tied Mothers’ Day Bouquet:   2.00 – 4.00pm, £25.00 per person

Easter Bunny Box & Spring-Themed Cards:   10.00am – 12.00pm, £10.00 per person

Japanese Crafts – Fabric Covered Easter Eggs:   10.00am – 12.00pm, £10.00 per person

Japanese Crafts – Furoshiki & Origami:   1.00 – 4.00pm, £10.00 per person  waiting list only 

Willow Weaving – Fantastic Flowers from Coloured Cane:   12.30 – 1.30pm, £10.00 per person

Sunday 3 April Workshops

Create an Embellished Felt Purse:   11.00am – 1.00pm, £10.00 per person

Creative Digital Photography – ’The Great Outdoors’:   11.00am – 4.00pm, £20.00 per person waiting list only

How to Paint & Draw Trees:   1.15 – 3.00pm, £5.00 per person waiting list only

Make a Peg Doll Family:   2.00 – 4.00pm, £10.00 per person

Make a Vintage Corsage:   2.00 – 4.00pm, £10.00 per person waiting list only

Mixed Media Bracelet:   11.00am – 1.00pm, £10.00 per person waiting list only

Shock au l’Art!:   11.00am – 12.30pm, Free lecture

PS:  You may already know this, but 2 & 3 April also marks the first weekend of the 10th York Open Studios, so it promises to be a very inspiring weekend!

Breaking news….well, sort of!

Don’t worry – although we haven’t been doing much  blogging or tweeting of late, there’s lots going on behind the scenes!

We’re starting to plan in earnest for the 2011 Inspirations festival, and so far, we’ve had some great ideas from lots of different people about workshop ideas and how we can get as many people as possible involved. 

Hopefully, we’ll be able to let you know a bit more about what we’re planning over the next few weeks and tell you how and when you can book workshop places.

As with many public sector organisations, we’re facing tough times and some tough decisions, so although next year’s event might look a little different, we’re still committed to ensuring that Adult & Community Learning and its learners get the profile they deserve.

If you’d like to get in touch, or would like to be added to our mailing list, please drop Katie an email – katie.pask@york.gov.uk and she’ll make sure you’re kept up to date with all our news.

The Inspirations Quilt

Wow!  Well, the Quilt Museum have done an amazing job of putting all our patches together and it’s now up for all to see in the education room at the museum – I met up with Melanie, the museum’s education officer to see the end result and here are some pictures….

The finished Inspirations Quilt! Well, one side of it anyway......!

The finished Inspirations Quilt! Well, one side of it anyway......!

 

....and a close up showing the variety of patches people contributed

....and a close up showing the variety of patches people contributed

The clever volunteers who helped Melanie put it together decided to make it double-sided in the end, so when it goes ‘on tour’ we’ll try and make sure people get to see both sides of it!  We had so many patches that they couldn’t fit them all on without spoiling the effect, so we’re also going to make a folder with the remaining patches so people can see how they were made and find out more about the project – we’ll put it on display with the quilt.

Thanks so much to everyone who took part – we had great fun organising it, and I think you’ll agree, the end result is really fantastic – York is just full of creative adults and we’re really glad you all got involved.

What’s inspiring us this easter….

The Easter holidays are always a good time to get out and about and find new things to do.  We’re always on the look out for fun days out, exhibitions, new craftsters and markets to visit, so thought we’d give you the low-down on what’s inspiring us at the moment……

On Easter Sunday, we went along to the ‘Quilts – Hidden Histories, Untold Stories’ exhibition at the V & A museum and were absolutely blown away.  It’s a beautiful exhibition and the focus on the histories behind the quilts really gives it depth.  From quilts made to celebrate marriages to those made to show political allegiances, there really was something to interest everyone, even if you’re not a quilter or patchworker yourself.  We were particularly moved by some of the contemporary pieces which focused on a theme – such as the piece made using scraps of fabric from clothes and old black out curtains during post-war WW2 austerity and a quilt made by prison inmates who were using their piece to reflect on their time in prison and their hopes for the future.  If you’re a keen quilter but can’t visit the exhibition, you can share your work with the world on the museum’s Quilt of Quilts website, there are some wonderful examples which should inspire those who are new to the craft to get started!

If you’re more interested in buying than making, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the 2010 dates for the FLARE Contemporary crafts markets have now been announced – check out which artists will be involved this November and get the dates in your diary!

Speaking of dates for the diary; there are of course two serious arts events  taking place in York this month – the first being the April Revolving Gallery event which takes place this weekend at Gray’s Court – if you fancy bagging yourself a piece of original art as well as finding out more about local emerging artists, this is the event to attend.

If this wasn’t enough to keep you all busy, the following weekend is, as you’re no doubt aware, York Open Studios, the annual weekend when lots of local artists open up their homes and studios to the public.  It’s a fantastic event and we always go away with a little something – even if it’s just a card! 

Finally, we know there are lots of smaller craft groups going on in York, but check out Newcastle Craft Mafia – how fantastic would this be for York!  If you know of any groups like this in the area, do let us know!

Calling all patchers!

A final call for all those who are currently working on a patch – we’ll be handing them over the the Quilt Museum for putting together later this week, so if you’d like your piece to be a part of it, please make sure your get your patch in to our office by Wednesday afternoon!

FAO Katie Pask, Leisure & Culture Office, 18 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8ZD.

Documenting and Evaluating Inspirations

Now that the festival is over for another year, it’s time for us to reflect on all the successes and think about what we’d like to do differently next year.  We always like to spend a couple of weeks jotting down ideas, reading through the questionnaires our visitors kindly filled in and catching up with tutors and students about their thoughts.

One of the things we find very useful is to go through all the pictures we took over the two days – it helps us remember how exhibitions looked and all the work that gets created during the workshops. Here are some of our favourite inspirational pictures…..

Pretty eggs created on Donna's Easter Egg Tree workshop

Pretty eggs created on Donna's Easter Egg Tree workshop

Deborah's fibres for feltmaking - really, how could you NOT want to create something?!

Deborah's fibres for feltmaking - really, how could you NOT want to create something?!

Collaborative pointillism piece created by Karen's Painting & Drawing students

Collaborative pointillism piece created by Karen's Painting & Drawing students

Lots of people being creative during the Saturday morning workshops

Lots of people being creative during the Saturday morning workshops

Workshops: Day 2

What a great start to the morning!  We currently have around 40 people taking part in a workshop – beginners crochet, recycled jewellery, embellished clutch and cupcake decoration – all crafty, but all very different!  There’s a lovely creative vibe here and we’re very glad to have so many keen students involved in the festival, here are some pictures of them hard at work – we’ll post up some pictures of their finished pieces later………..

Embellished Clutch Bag

Embellished Clutch Bag

 

Crochet

Crochet

 

Cupcakes workshop 1

Cupcakes workshop 1

Recycled Jewellery

Recycled Jewellery