Thursday 28 February 2013

Artists Showcase at the Core!

Your chance to catch the Godmonkey Skyhook Amalgamation performing Lifecycle an audio visual experiment that just keeps developing. Their set aims to create a journey from embryo to afterlife looking at human milestones and emotions on the way. Featuring artists / musicians Nick Finn, Mark Brennan, Lynn Davies, Andy Eathorne, Darren Nimmo, Martin Baldock, DJ Cindy - oh yes, and me! 

At the Core 
this Friday 
tickets £5 

also showcasing Head of Snakes, 
writers from The Stand, 
many fine musicians, 
writers & artists and 
Corby Community Choir. 

Miles & Dacombe will be showing an except from their film Flights of Imagination inspired by St Peter and St Andrews Church exploring the spaces we desire, the spaces we get, the lift inspirational space give & the regeneration in Corby. 

There will be laughter, joy, protest, history... so many riches for just £5!

To find out more and book tickets follow the link

Friday 22 February 2013

Paper Jewellery

My first project of the year at Priory Lower School was to look at jewellery, whilst doing my research I remembered I had a book of Paper Jewellery by Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins.

Paper jewellery has a long tradition which continues into the present day

The image above becomes a paper bangle and was used at Jazz Age Bridge Parties!

Wendy Ramshaw studied illustration and fashion design and in the 1960's created kit form paper jewellery with strong graphic motifs

I was also inspired by her Room of Dreams which combines jewels and traditional tales, her work is breathtakingly meticulous and some of her designs have been translated into architectural features. I felt that her book would offer a great way to explore jewellery with Year Two, especially as there was lots of scope for pattern making and use of colour.


and decorative collars

The following session we continued to work with paper, this time Zoffany wallpapers from an old sample book, creating flower forms which were applied to shapes dictated by the patterns in the wallpapers.

The children made collars and headdresses

adding drawn and applied embellishments

Later the children drew heads

to display their work

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Dusk, East Carlton Park, Winterlight

The Winterlight Team and children from Kingswood Primary School had a fantastic late afternoon at East Carlton Park. The torches were installed round the lake, soup and crusty bread was served and there was a wonderful film about the fungi found in the Kings Wood. The children were totally captivated, giving a rich and comical commentary as each image appeared. Sadly the children didn't see their torches in complete darkness but they were very impressed by the installation. 

Whilst Sophie and I waited for Kate and Lorraine to come and take the last pictures of the day we were struck by the birds busily calling and splashing in the chill of the evening. The picture quality is a bit grainy but turn the volume up and enjoy! For Corby Community Arts images from the  Winterlight project there is a gallery here

Wednesday 13 February 2013

More Winterlight

Artists Sophie Cullinan, Kate Dyer and Carole Miles 
have been up to their Torchtastic tricks again working 
with groups to create winter torches. 

You can join them at their woodland event.
5.00 pm, Feb 19th, East Carlton Park
Meet at the Log Cabin
There will be Soup!
There will be walking. 

The torches will be will be glowing.  
East Carlton Park is a magical place.

There may be frost, rain, wind, snow or assorted wintery 
weather so ....wrap up warm and wear walking boots or 

for more information contact Corby Community Arts

and if you'd like to see images from the  Winterlight project there is a gallery here

Sunday 3 February 2013

Sky Walking

Prior to the walk on February 3rd I was contacted by Nikky Norton Shafau, via Chris Sudworth of The Core. Nikky gives participants rewards for creative input and she bought 6 of my Seeds of Change Multiples to give away during Sky's future adventures. I also received a mysterious email from Sky.......

Dear Friend,

I want to thank you for coming this far on this journey with me. I have heard you are a true adventure seeker. I am awake but very tired. But now I am tired of being tired. My mind and body need to escape - how is another story but for now...
I want to show you how grateful I am. I'm inviting you to a top-secret adventure - THE SLEEP WALK. You can't tell anyone. Don't worry – it's safe, I'll be there, and some friends you can trust. I want you to come somewhere with me. Meet my friend at 4.00pm at The Core at Corby Cube Box Office Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 – she'll be carrying a torch and will get you a hot drink. She'll take you to me, and we'll go on an adventure – a magical adventure in the dark (ish)!
 This adventure is a pre-curser to Digging Deep: The Adventures of Sky the Reluctant Hero which takes place at The Core in The Lab on the 7th, 8th, 9th Feb 2013. You will receive a FREE ticket to the show alongside your Sleep Walk invitation.
 I am on Facebook please add me Sky Thereluctanthero
With your address so I can send your official Golden Ticket in the post.
Sky x
We gathered in the Foyer of the Cube and were taken on a walk to find Sky - it's possibly best to describe the walk in Sky's own words, from her Facebook Page ....... 
"Somewhere some hours ago they came. First the police man. Then a man pushing a child and then the ones with the fixed eyes waiting for me to speak. What do they want me to say? Why is there security? Why is she taking photographs? Why are they looking at me? I want them here but I do not want them near. I want it to be dark so they cannot see me. I want it to be dark so I can see the stars instead of the clouds." Sky the Reluctant Super Hero

"I have nothing to say. Lady. Curly hair. Asks if I am OK. I ask who they are. They ask who I am but I cannot answer. Not because I can't. Because I cannot find the words. The right words. I try to tell them about the bakers I try and say about Brown Yard and the bakers but it is hurting me. "Sky the Reluctant Super Hero

"I try to sleep 40 winks. No blinks. I to be like I used to be with Fatty Fatty Johnson I try to be like that again. I try to ask questions. I try to make conversations. Sometimes nothing came. They ask me questions and sometimes nothing came." Sky the Reluctant Super Hero 

"They cross the road and I am stuck. They leave me. I am left. They waited. We come to a fork in the road. The lady with the brown hair chooses the direction. I wish she would tell us where to go all the time." Sky the Reluctant Super Hero

"We come to me and Fatty's spot the lined decking at the boating lake. I try to say when what happened when Fatty fell down the well. The man threw the coin in like Fatty did. I sing Grandmas song. I teach them Grandmas song why did I do that?!! " Sky the Reluctant Super Hero

"No - one knows that song but me. I need to breath I need to think of someone that I know. I feel alone with these people. We think of someone that we love and then I see Fatty." Sky the Reluctant Super Hero

"But they are slowing me down. They needed to run faster. Our torches shine on the forest looking for Fatty. He has gone. I tell them a secret. They help me to yell. How long is a piece of string? " Sky the Reluctant Super Hero

"My Brown Yard to My Grey Town it has not always been like this. They do not believe me. I give gifts as I am not ready to give myself. I leave them alone. It is better that way. Sky the Reluctant Super Hero

Our walk ended in the Rooftop Gallery, we viewed the exhibition and were served delicious tea and cake. We were all given gift bags and questions in plant pots to discuss. Sky left us, we talked and enjoyed our tea.

We had been asked to bring an object to talk about - I brought my blue Mexican dog - a present from Kathy Page and explained why I had chosen it.

We shared other objects and dispersed into the night.

Nikky Norton Shafau leads audiences on a beautiful immersive adventure touching upon issues of mental health, with incredible sound design by Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)and animation from Emily & Anne.

'Ice cream? Polar bear? Desert? = Messy!

Sky has not slept a wink for six whole months. It’s 3am and yet another sleepless night.There’s a sound from deep without. The door opens but the world doesn’t look, feel or sound the the same as it used to..."
  • Winner of The Flying Solo Commission 2011
  • Presented in association with The Core at Corby Cube, Contact (Manchester) and MC Theater (Amsterdam).

You can write a letter to Sky here 
and find out how to interact further here