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

The Curious Cabinet Day 2: a site responsive artwork to encourage future stories and art-making

A day of making for the installation. Year 5 and 6 closely observe images of moths and create print blocks using foam sheets on cardboard plates. These are inked up, chincolle added for colour and then passed through the etching press that is visiting the school for the day. The children produce beautifully cut and intricate designs for their moths which are then cut out and installed in old picture frames. Continue reading

The Curious Cabinet Day 1: a site responsive artwork to encourage future stories and art-making

 

Dear Class,

 You are invited to visit the Curious Cabinet.  The cabinet has been delivered to your school for your inspection, deliberation, fascination and to make you curious too.

 Go and examine the weird and wonderful objects within, consider the things that might live there, look for ways in, look for ways out, look for any magic you might be the only one to see.  Use your wildest imagination.

Then, shut your eyes and invent what you would like to be there…

Write to me, describing what you are thinking of…

Is it a creature?  Is it a place?  Is it an adventure?  

Please tell me what only YOU know about what there may be in my cabinet.

Roll up your paper, tie it carefully, and deliver it to the cabinet to inspire someone else another day.

 With my thanks for your help,

 The Keeper of the Cabinet Continue reading

The art of messaging

A five week project for Open House, Kettles Yard with a group of Year 4 and 5 students in a Cambridge primary School. Helped out by Virtually There Studio and Cambridge Amateur Radio Club.

Past, present and future communication technology, what’s the best way to get our message across, how much do we want people to know? Is a straight to the point message the best or do we want to convey our emotions and mood? 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?