Light in the darkness just a few lanterns and illuminations...
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Animal shaped folded paper lanterns made with the LGBT proud2b Parents group. This is a family activity group that meet once a month in South Manchester for Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their families.
Screen printed paper bag lanterns , made by community groups in Ardwick and Hulme (Manchester) .
Fairy House lanterns using hand cut fairy silhouettes, inside a handmade paper and willow lantern house. These two paper fairy house were part of a larger installation in Heaton Moor park inspired by the hoax of the Cottingly Fairies, the two young girls Elsie Wright and Francis Griffiths made themselves famous and tricked the media into believing they had taken pictures of really live fairies leaping about in the garden when in fact the fairies were cut outs from story books. The fairies houses are made utilising the natural shape of the wood to make them look rickety and organic as if grown from the ground. I have then used a simple red and blue graphic to make them fun and also match the other lanterns this kind of graphic features on all the lanterns.
Close up – casting a spell
Ladybird lanterns – Made in LGBT proud2b Parents monthly activity group.
Fairy dangling from a flower.
Fairy scene – Mother and child fairies
Fairy scene – leaping fairy
Elsie Wright with a winged Knome
Francis Griffiths and the leaping fairy
Close up – fairy on a toadstool.
Screen printed paper bag lanterns , made by community groups in Ardwick and Hulme (Manchester) .
Make me square! Minecraft costumes, cardboard boxes and few thousand coloured paper
squares and ...hey presto!
Minecraft- Blue Bunny
Minecraft pig mask
Minecraft – battle
Minecraft workshop Central library Manchester
Minecraft hand-cut pixels in an array of colours
Minecraft Funtastic 2
Minecraft sword and pig mask
Minecraft – Pixel Mania
Minecraft – Wolf/ fox mask
Mincraft Fox and sword – super fabulous
The first Minecraft workshop I did was at Central Libarary as part of the Manchester Day Parade the theme was GAME ON! Anything computer inspired, hence the Minecraft costume making.
Lots of pieces, united ,together, to make a whole…
The making of a large mosaic commissioned by Darley Avenue Sure start emblazoned with the words DREAM, PLAY & LEARN, children and parents contributed to the mosaic.
DREAM, PLAY & LEARN mosaic (detail)
Love heart made from handmade rose corsages.
Ceramic discs drying ready for firing to be into International women’s day artwork 2014
Beautiful heart mosaic made as part of summer activities at Darley Avenue Surestart.
We made salt dough decorations for our art installation “Spring Tree” in the Time For You session, the tree was symbolic , it was about thinking about what we wanted to achieve personally but also about spring growth. Each week people attending the Time for You session contributed individual pieces towards the finalcollaborative artwork , which was displayed for International Womens Day 2013 in Moss Side Sure Start
Leaves made from salt dough in the Time for you, group. For International Women’s day 2013 we made a spring tree together the leaves were printed with the things the women wanted to achieve for that year , the things they printed on the leaves were up to them it could be anything something big or small. we used the spring tree to symbolise growth and new horizons.
LOVE mosaic – the makings of a mosaic, made to compliment artwork and banner made to combat Hate Crime towards the LGBT community. this was made with parents and children from LGBT proud2B parents, alongside a banner, reading the words Love & Kindness , this project was paid for with grant money from Manchester City Council
International Women’s Day project 2014 – Detail of a huge CND symbol made of approximately 500 ceramic discs, each disk was made by a member of the community, (in Curious Crafty workshops in about 30 community hubs all over Manchester) each disc is also a portrait of the person who made it. The theme of International women’s day in 2014 was women as peacemakers.
Dream Play and Learn Mosaic for Darley Avenue Surestart
Detail of the roof of a bug, house made for Darley avenue sure start and filled with the things bugs like by the children at the centre.
Love heart made from over a hundred fabric rose corsages.
Mosaics made by children in Curious Crafty summer sessions
B mosaic , made by parent at a stay and play session
LOVE mosaic made as part of Love and Kindness workshops, art workshops to promote Hate Crime awareness in a palatable way for children and parents. LGBT Proud2b Parents
52 stacked woodcut blocks , together they form the Artwork I made “While my daughter sleeps 26 woodcut prints” While my daughter slept I carved the wood cut blocks and timed myself doing it including how many times she woke (it took a long time she never slept!)
Proud 2b Parents mosaic, made by children and parents at the monthly meet, some of the children working on this mosaic were as young as 2 years old!
Feel the breeze, go outdoors -bugs, pots and planting
Giant Flowers to put in the garden made at darley Avenue children’s centre
Beach Hut bunting
Cress head bunnies ad chicks
Playing with sand, we made beautiful sand bottles and decorations for a beach themed summer session
Spring chicks in plant pots
Painted pots planted with pansies, with handmade flags and chalked designs.
Weaving a giant pansy (part Hate Crime Awareness sessions)
Giant Bug House with a mosaic roof, filled by children at Sure Start centre
Daffs and chicks
Time for you, walk to Whitworth
Badge-making Phillips park
Spring cress head bunnies and chicks (Darley Avenue)
beach hut bunting
Festival shakers made to wave at Manchester Pride by parents and children in LGBT Proud 2b Parents session.
Giant woven pansy and pansy planted in a tea cup
Party in the park, Phillips Park – Bee badges and flags
Giant Ants made from recycled paper and sticks
Giant woven pansies made from willow and rags. Part of Hate awareness workshops
Sand for beach inspired summer fun
Pansies planted in vintage tea cups and flower decorations (Hate Crime awareness)
Fabric, Flags and banners…
Printing a fabric handmade Teepee for children’s centre
Screen-printing fabric at HotBed Press for a handmade fabric teepee to be installed at Darley avenue Children’s centre.
Love And Kindness Banner made in several Hate Crime Awareness sessions This banner will be used at various events and festivals which the LGBT Proud2b Parents group attend the banner measures 3 metres by 1 metre
Love and kindness banner
Political Pride- Proud 2b Parents banner at Political Pride event where we did a Hate Crime Awareness workshop.
Recycling banner made for One Manchester Housing association to raise awareness of recycling methods.
Embroidery detail of flag made in Time For U session at Moss Side Surestart
Making a Love and Kindness banner for Hate Crime awareness sessions.
Large fabric and leaf printed collage made at Darley avenue Sure Start
International Women’s Day blanket- in this picture the blanket is being constructed. It was to be displayed on the floor at the Zion centre on International women’s day, the event was a celebratory event and people were invited to sit on the blanket and read the stories that had been collected by the women of Hulme. this banner is approximately 2m x 1.5m
International Women’s day 2015 community blanket -using a grant from Manchester City council myself and Hulme Women’s group collected stories from women in Hulme about times when they felt strong and like they had achieved something (the theme was ‘breaking through’) in these workshops women learnt how to crochet a square which was to be attached to the blanket , other women decorated a fabric panel to be sewn to the blanket.
LGBT Proud2b Parents – As part of an autumnal themed workshop we made leaves from fabric scraps , we made bunting to hang at the children’s centre.
Flags made at summer festival Workshop- Art in the Park north manchester
Flag Making – Heaton Arts Festival
Proud 2b Parents banner, this was made during summer activity sessions by families. the banner is to be used at marches and events by the group. The rainbow hands emulate the colours of the LGBT flag and the rainbow letters are made and sewn by the children and parents attending the session. The banner measures 3m x 1m and is made of canvas and felt.
Banner made by children and Parents from the Time For You group at Moss Side Sure start, this banner was made after a trip to the Whitworth art Gallery where we explored the work of Richard long, He is an artist who changes the environment as he walks using natural objects such as rocks and sticks. We called our banner Fabric street it was based on our journey and the things we saw along the way.
fabric street (detail), based on our journey through the streets of Moss Side to the Whitworth as we walked we left a trail just like Hansel and Gretel only the things we left were plaited ribbons made in our Time for you sessions we collected them on the way back which was very exciting for the children.
Curiously creative crafting for a contented community…
Hulme Women’s Group, Recycled flowers made from old maps and books.
Time For You, We made plaits to leave as trail on our walk to The Whtworth Art Gallery, we collected them on the way back. This is one of our plaits tied to a tree.
Time For You- this picture was taken on a trip to Whitworth Art Gallery where we were going to see the work of Richard Long, his work involves making artwork about journey’s we thought about the story of Hansel and Gretel and on our walk to Whitworth Art gallery we left a trail of plaited ribbons and pipe cleaners.
Paper Beads made in Time for you session
Time for you – session at Whitworth Art Gallery we made our own artwork about our journey from pebbles,masking tape and other objects
Fabrics for cloth donkey workshops , Manchester Libraries (archives)
Modern art recycling containers for One Manchester
International Womens Day 2014, these discs were made in the arts session at the celebratory event and unveiling of the IWD Artwork 2014
Chinese New year Celebration session at Zion Community Centre in Hulme
Crafty Break Sessions, these sessions like Time for you were arts and crafts sessions aimed at supporting parents with children under 5 years old.
Flag Making – decorating flags at the Heatons Arts trail 2015, children and parents decorated flags and took part in creating a large collaborative doodle.
Badges- Art in the park
Making of decoupage chairs, for “talking chairs” project, about the history of Hulme
Bracelet making with paper beads in the Time for you session
Salt dough leaf