Monday, 22 March 2010

Every Flavour of Yarn

I have just returned from London and a great event for the Craft Council. Their brilliant initiative Craft Club held a training day where myself and other craft designers including Katie Bevan, Lindsay Chalfont Brown and Betson Corkhill all taught craft skills to volunteers. They will in turn take this knowledge and pass it on through teachers and workshops in schools to get craft back on the curriculum. It was a wonderfully successful day with lots of people turning up which bodes well for the project.

As you can see I decide to do a culinary theme with my apprentices! We had such a wonderful time, people got really creative with the dishes, you can see the great carbonara above with peas and ham and of course a glass of red wine to wash it down. Two amazing cooked breakfasts were put together by group effort with fried and scrambled eggs and some lovely detail pieces such as the big slab of bacon and a gorgeous little mushroom. I also had some people putting together a very beautiful salad, which if you were working in schools, could easily be used to initiate conversation about health as well as creativity.
As you can imagine after such a long day, I went home put my feet up and had a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Urban Crochet

For my first Found Object I am posting this photograph I took in Melbourne, Australia (Burke Street for those that know) of some wonderful urban crochet. It has been heralded as the most beautiful form of street art and I can understand why, someone has chosen to decorate a tree with something soft and tactile which will not cause it harm, or damage the neighborhood aesthetically. I love graffiti murals and any public art that can make one smile just by walking down a certain street

Other great examples here: