Imagined Beasts: Interactive drawings using Bare Conductive paint

A family workshop for Kettles Yard in the North Cambridge, Arbury community

Trying out the Bare Conductive electric paint in a drop in setting. We drew our imaginary beasts in Bare Conductive paint, a paint that conducts electricity! We then found sounds from the BBC Sound Archive to suit the nature of each beast. When attached to a Bare Conductive touchboard our drawings became interactive. Take a look at the Sea Squeaker below. Continue reading

Bury Drop-In: a lunchtime invitation

Six week residency at Bury homeless drop-In working with Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Exhibition and sharing workshops at Theatre Royal as part of  Beyond Walls Festival

I was invited by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds to spend some time making art at Bury Drop-In, with people who are homeless and socially isolated. I must admit I was initially apprehensive, unsure how to offer an art experience to someone who, I imagined, would have a lot more to deal with than making art. Continue reading

Walsham-Le-Willows playground mosaic

It seems a long time since the designs of Harry and Tommy from early years were chosen as the starting point for the new playground mosaic. The promised completion date was today when the school were being visited by Bishop Martin who would unveil the artwork. The design is a map of the village featuring notable trees and a network of paths which become a metaphor for the many paths the children may take in life. Continue reading

The International Greetings Exchange

A morning with families in Arbury Library sharing ways of greeting a friend and making wearable words with the wonderful badge making machine. Above is the greeting exchange board.

It was interesting how many conversations started, the activity appeared to help non-english speakers get involved in the workshop chat. Also, children, initially reticent to acknowledge their parents language, added the greetings to the exchange board and made their badge with great pride. I wonder how this could be developed further?