I’ve started a short four evening course at Hot Bed Press in Salford called Expressive Print. I’ve dabbled in print a couple of times in the past including a short course at The Lowry printing on paper and workshops with Dionne Swift printing on fabric and I’ve started to dabble in lino print. Here are some of the mono prints I made in week one under the tutelage of Martin Kochany.
For heritage weekend last month I was involved with two lovely organisations in Salford to create work for a project celebratings weddings from around the world at St.Clement’s Church in Ordsall, Salford as part of their Heritage Weekend Open Event.
The event was organised by the Celebrating Diversity Group and involved groups with different heritages working together to create a celebration of weddings from their various cultures. I worked with Women in Stitches, based at St.Clement’s Church. Using the theme of love we created lots of small padded hearts and doves to decorate the church with and also the centrepiece of the event which was the four giant hearts and two giant doves shown above and right.
I also worked with Ordsall Community Arts who were commissioned to make willow structures to carry in a parade that was to take place around the event. We decided to create a giant globe in four parts making the continents from wedding fabrics and colours from around the world. I made the crazy patchwork continents and Marie and Nargeesa, two other artists involved in the project created the globe.
When we put the globe in situ in the church it looked amazing below the doves and it felt really significant. With all the unhappy and horrible events we are seeing on the news at the moment it was a real a celebration of peace and all that connects us in the world.
Earlier this year I met Manchester-based writer Natalie Bradbury at an event at Islington Mill. Natalie has a blog called the Shrieking Violet and also creates a zine of the same name. Natalie is interested in preserving lost stories and history and asked me if I would write an article for her zine. This has now been published. Paper Copies are on sale in Piccadilly Records and Cornerhouse bookshop, Manchester, costing £2 or you can download a copy here or you can read it on line. My article is on pages 3-6.
I’ve now worked my way through old copies of the Salford Reporter so the next step is to find out what happened to the children who went to Eccles and to start to research the people involved in fundraising and supporting them.
To see previous posts on the Basque Children in Salford click here