Lace bombed Virgin
Remember last week myself and yarn-bombing.com lace bombed this statue at The Art Gallery of South Australia?
Well, the second part of the project was to run an activity day at The Gallery for the monthly kids art club. We made pom-pom’s and did tomboy stitch (or some call it French knitting). We had 550 children through!! Oh My!! No wonder we were exhausted after that!
My sister, brother-in law, nephew and niece all came along and my nephew Odin surprised me with his amazing creativity. Of course I’m not biased in any way….. but he is a little genius!
My nephew Odin deep in concentration
Yarn bombing is a serious business!
Odin decided to yarn bomb his toy bear instead of make pom-pom’s or do toyboy stitch. I was so impressed. Of course it probably helped having an Aunt who is a famous yarn bomber!
Yarn bombed bear
Odin and his yarn bombed bear
I was amazed that at four years old Odin has his own creative vision and is incredibly artistic and devoted to making and doing his own thing. I must add that he has wonderful parents who are also both very creative and foster this in both their children. Maybe I’ll have an assistant in a couple of years who can out bomb me! I can only imagine.
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My latest Martian toy for my niece Violet
My gorgeous niece Violet at 10 weeks old
The proud Aunt and Violet
Just a quick post before I go off to teach at Ridley Grove Community Centre again today. I made this little softie toy for my new niece Violet yesterday. She’s sooooooooo cute. A really gorgeous girl. I’ve made lots of these softies over the years but haven’t made too many lately. The first one I ever made was for my ballet teacher when I was about ten years old and it was an owl from the Woman’s Day Craft book.
I’ve got a copy of that craft book I picked up in an op-shop ( or thrift store for those of you outside Australia). Op-shop is short for “Opportunity Shop” which is what we call them here because you have the opportunity to grab a bargain!! Woo Hoo. I’m going to find that book and post you a picture of it to show how far I’ve come in crafting.
I haven’t quite finished this Martian creature. I’ve got to embroider a mouth on it and make up a little story about it’s life and where it’s from. I do this every time I make a softie a people love. it.
Speaking of embroidery, off to teach it now.
Catch you soon.
Love and Art
Panda drawing in ink
Black bunny drawing in ink by Julian aged 4
Seal drawing by Isabella aged 4
Giraffes by a number of different children
Rabbit family by Tavii aged 4
Otters by Julian
Hiya folks. Here are some works by kindergarten children I have been working with recently. It’s all part of a larger project on “Mapping the City” through Carclew Youth arts here in South Australia.
Artists take the groups of children on walks around the city and take photographs which are then used as the basis for making artwork and a ‘map’ of the city. We got the chance to go the The Adelaide Zoo and draw lots of animals.
The examples above are done in ink on paper, texta and collage. We are working on incorporating some of the works into one large group work 1 metre by 3 metres wide.
Tommmorrow is the last day of the project and I will be getting the children to draw animals on felt so we can make our own “softies” or soft toy sculptures.
Cant wait for that!!
Then I’ll have to get back to looking for a day job to pay the bills.
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Photograph and drawing by Holly aged 4.
Drawing based on another photograph (not shown) by Holly aged 4.
Drawing and photograph by Evie aged 4.
Drawing and photography by Evie aged 4.
Evie hard at work
I’ve been working on this great project with children at Halifax Street Childrens’ Centre. I’ve been taking 3, 4 and 5 year olds on walks around the city, concentrating a little on works of public art. The children photograph the city and then come back and draw from their own photographs. This is the first stage in a project I’m part of through Carclew Youth Arts. To read about the project and it’s motivations more fully you can check our their website
I’ve really enjoyed working with this age group again after not having done so for some time. The little kids are such a joy and out and about in the city and bring a smile to everyone’s face. They all want to know what we are up to and why we all have cameras. The children are happy to explain. It’s very refreshing after dealing with some major life and death issues of my own recently to come and work with children and be around their fabulous exuberance and perspective on the world.
I’ve nearly finished my part of the project and now they will work with another artist to build on what we have done. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they produce.
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I have finally tried my hand at painting on porcelain plates. This little gem I made at our weekly craft club with the girls. The paint is Pebeo Porcelaine 150 which has to be heat set in a domestic oven. Once that’s done its permanent!
I was inspired to give this a try by a local artist that goes by the name Gretel Girl Draws (Gretel Girl Draws My style is quite different to hers but I’m still just experimenting with how the paint works. If you water it down too much it runs to the edge of the plate, so I have gone with a thicker more painterly look. I’m happy with my first attempt.
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