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We had a great meeting on Monday evening. We were joined by three new members Chandni, Felix and Ellie and welcomed back Charlene, one of our original members.

Eva Fryc, Development Manager for Live UnLtd came along to tell us about her organisation and how our members could get involved with them. Live UnLtd help and encourage young people to realise their ideas to become successful social entrepreneurs. They assist an average of 1000 social enterprises in the UK each year. Eva’s presentation truly captured everyone’s imagination and we all went away buzzing with the thought of all the possibilities that could happen. Luckily I had the foresight to film most of Eva’s talk. It is not the most professionally produced of films, but I dont think that is the point and it definitely does not distract from the message. Lets hope it spawns a multitude of young, socially engaged creative enterprises for Birmingham in the near future.

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Rosie Moss will be leading her Origami Envelope Exchange project at Artsfest this weekend. She will be assisted by collective members Vicky Fowler, Abdul Samad, Hannah Kershaw and Joey Vivo.

Please do come along and say hello, we will be in Victoria Square nr the Post Office.

Well we had another glorious day in Cathedral Square today. It was a bit more relaxed today as we only had two graduate artist at work. Hopefully Caroline Allen will have recovered from her illness and will join us for our final day tomorrow. Meanwhile please enjoy these films of Hilary O’Dwyer & Tamzin Titford-Mock from today.

Wow what a wonderful day today. It has been a true Scottish day. Morven Odling and Jill Kirkham travelled down from Edinburgh while Emma Kerr came from just the other side of the border from Carlisle.

The sun shone on us all day and the temporary artwork created was fantastic.

In:Site -Jo Aylmer film

We’re looking forard to the Clothes Show this weekend.

We will be teaching machine and had sewing techniques. Creating a giant guerilla art intervention and picking up hints and tips for our new book.

On Friday Emrys Plant starts things off using old clothes to create a web structure. Emrys is working in collaboration with Laura McCafferty who is working at the end of the show.

Emrys Plant says…
‘On day one we aim to create a physical web within the Craftspace stand that will give the opportunity to other artists, makers and the public to respond to interconnected issues under the socially responsible umbrella as well as being a visually poetic installation. Using part deconstructed garments e.g. knitwear that has been pulled back to its constituent parts, the odd sleeve, collar, label or cuff will be left as a reminder of what was once a sum of its parts. The webbed strands will create tunnels and walls for other artists to work within.’

On Saturday Emma Shercliff will be responding to what has been created the day before and thinking about ideas of contagion and customization.

Emma Shercliff says…
‘I am curious about how making processes reflect our interactions with other people and the things around us. For the Clothes Show event, I will draw inspiration from the idea of contagion as a motivation to customize clothes or other possessions, using hand embroidery skills, resulting in a continuous stream of infectious ideas and stitches that contaminate the space and the visitors as they drop by and move on.’

On Sunday Celia Pym encourages everyone mend our most loved worn out clothes.

Celia Pym says…
‘Darning is great. It’s especially good when you are not exactly sure what to do with your day, “hmm” you can say to yourself ” What shall I do today, I will fix the holes in my socks, or that little spot in my pocket, or the frayed cuffs of my favourite beloved sweater, or that snag in the dress that used to belong to someone else and was given to you because it suited you so well. Darning helps you think about things you love and people you love and before you know it your holes are mended and your damaged garments cared for. It’s nice to look after things you love.’

On Monday Emma Shercliff returns to respond to Celia’s work from Sunday and continue her ‘infectious’ stitches.

Laura McCafferty ends the show on Tuesday and Wednesday following on from Emrys Plant and adding to the web of fabric and stiches.

Laura McCafferty says…
‘This idea can be applied to not feeling that you entirely belong anywhere, feelings of dislocation, from the environment that you are in. Perhaps, lost in the web. Through this intervention, Id like to follow on that sense of connection and community, which I believe is becoming more and more relevant. A free exchange of ideas thoughts, passing on what you know or what you have experienced.’

Graduate artists Nousheen and Laura will be with us Sunday (both), Monday (Nousheen) and Wednesday (Laura), creating jewellery on the spot from offcuts and loose threads and using distressing and embellishing techniques.

Laura Edmunds says…
“Here for a moment, there is no permanence of a person or any stamp or imprint that can be forever maintained in our memory. The souvenir, a lock of hair, a well-used pillowcase, heavy with physicality; these items encapsulate a fragment of a person and a memory but can never fully recover an exact event in time. Eventually, we disappear. I will be working with techniques to distress and embellish fabric that will hold a fragment of time, a fleeting touch within it’s warp and weft.”

Nousheen Leila Saboonpaz
‘On day 1 I will be Upcycling. Collecting the unwanted offcuts of the Clothes Show to create pieces of jewellery. On Day 2 I will be exploring an artists relationship with fabric. Transforming my pen-drawings of threads of found sea-weeds, into prints for fabrics, and capturing these fabric swatches in a metal casing to be worn.’


Emrys Plant www.blockcolour.com

Emma Shercliff www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=502412

Celia Pym www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=501014&CategoryID=36646

Nousheen Lelia Saboonpaz www.nousheen.tumblr.com

Laura Edmunds www.lauraedmunds.com

Laura McCafferty www.lauramccafferty.com

supersonic 2010 wristband

We had a great time making pom poms with Prick your Finger at the festival yesterday. We had close to 100 people through our knitting den in the 3 hours we were there and we must have made 100s of pom poms which were turned into hair decorations, brooches, dogs, juggled with… Some bought their own knitting and we met some great people. We were really impressed with the enthusiasm for pom poms, especially from the male rockers. Great to have brilliant background music from Pierre Bastien and Małe Instrumenty – meccano and toy instuments and then from Nisennenmondai from Japan who were knew to us all but we were very impressed. We’re looking our for the photos that were taken and will be updating our flickr site shortly.

Andy Murray is back and will be on the bus this time helping you to make something new from your old tea towels. Check if he’s in your area and bring along your tea towels to transform.

Just uploaded images of Saturdays event to flickr – click the image to see more. We had a great afternoon, despite the weather, and Andy Murray helped the kids of Pigeon Park to make some amazing messenger bags and wallets out of tea towels.

If you want to make another but you can’t remember how you can get instuctions in Andy’s book which is available on his web site where you can also see more of his work. We were very impressed with the wierd range of tew towel seconds which we got from Clever Baggers – everything from ‘royal’ wedding invites to strange illustrations.

More activities this Saturday with Celia Pym. Smae place, same time – 1-4pm at Pigeon Park.

Thanks to Davina and Michaela for designing the poster for this event and helping last Saturday too.