Saturday, 29 June 2013

The seas of June

Ancient Landscapes splashing about the summer!
nesting coral from Lady Manners

We've had workshops all over the place this month, so here is a quick collection of excitements...

We have visited
Lady Manners School - working with the Year 12 textile students
Lady Manners, large drawing

National Trust at Ilam Park for a Father's Day event

Buxton Soroptomists where we gave an after-dinner talk complete with fossils, model trilobites and horseshoe crabs, and crochet seaweeds creeping across the tabletops
Lady Manners Horseshoe Crab

Peakabout Arts with High Peak Community Arts: with some beautifully deocrated felted kelps unfolding stickily across the workshop

Silverdale Knitting Group in action
Silverdale Knitting Group - with comment below from our artist, Sarah Males, who led the event and then a further message from the Silverdale library team who host the knitting group (hope they don't mind me quoting their lovely comments!) 

needle-felting ancient fish
"A lovely afternoon at Silverdale Library with the knitting group. We set off travelling back through time, as far back as 360m years ago, thinking about life in shallow seas. Images of corals, sea lilies and brachiopods living in our landscapes, long, long ago and far, far away. Today we have fossils, clear and tangible memories of life at that time. And our challenge? To help the reef grow, creating with crochet, fossilising with felt and knitting new creatures to populate this ancient landscape.
Hooks and needles, stitching and stabbing (needle felt!) and a busy room all combined to produce twisting coral shapes and felted fish, jellies and stars. Some Silverdale folks plan to visit Buxton" Sarah

"I just wanted to extend my thanks on behalf of the ladies who attended the session yesterday .We all had a brilliant time! Thank you again for arranging it for us. A couple of the ladies mentioned on the way out that they are going to drive up to Buxton for the open day! All in all I think it was very successful and I wish that Sarah could come to us every Friday!!" Silverdale

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