What’s next for us…….

Although the Inspirations festival is an annual event, we’re keen to keep you busy with other arty projects during the rest of the year too!

The next community project we’re working on is Fiesta, which takes place this year on Saturday 5 June in York.  The 1-day festival, which is being run by City of York Council’s arts and culture team, aims to get people from all over the city involved in celebrating the city – either by taking part in creating things before the event (which we’ll come onto in a moment!), joining in on the day and visiting some of the events, or just taking time out from their usual routine to come into the city centre and watch dancers, salsa and visit a magical garden while drinking tea!

All sound a bit mad?  Good – it’s supposed to!

This year, we’re working with the arts and culture team on the Wonderland garden – which we’ll talk about again on here once we have more details – but we’re also really excited becuase we’ve been asked to help ‘dress’ the event – clearly they have heard about all the creative people we’ve got in touch with through The Patch Project!

So what do we need from you?

Well, we need all you creative people to help us make some Fiesta bunting, which we’ll be stringing from the trees on Parliament Street to create a fun and festive atmosphere!

Ahhhhh.....bunting!

Ahhhhh.....bunting!

All the bunting will be made out of fabric, which we’ll be providing, but you can make your triangles unique, just as with your ‘patches’ and embellish away to your hearts content if you wish!  We’re going to set up some ‘bunting sessions’ over the coming weeks, so if you’d like bunt with us (oh yes!) then drop me an email – katie.pask@york.gov.uk – and I’ll let you know when the next session is!

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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

Cupcakes!

There’ll be lots of happy people in York this afternoon after our cupcakes learners get home!  Our tutor Rachel has led a fantastic couple of sessions showing people fun and creative ways to decorate these tasty treats.  Even the picture makes us want one………yum!

Tasty cupcakes!

Tasty cupcakes!

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

Mixed Approaches

Just looking at some of the work produced from today’s Mixed Approaches workshop – these fantastic pieces were created by two of the learners during Tim Morrison’s abstract session using acrylics on cardboard.

Mixed approaches pieces

Mixed approaches pieces

Workshops

Day 1 of Inspirations has got off to a great start; our Making Sense of Perspective and Mixed Approaches workshops have now started in the Undercroft and hopefully all the students who’ve come along will take some new knowledge away with them that they’ll be able to use in their work.

We’ve also had quite a few visitors along already – mainly people who have pieces hanging in the exhibitions.  It goes to prove that we really do appeal to everyone – people are coming along with their parents, friends, children…. even grandchildren, all talented creative people!

We’ll be going around taking pictures of what’s happening here during today and tomorrow and posting them on here and on twitter, do take the time to have a look, or even better, come down and take part in Inspirations yourself.