Open Windows July 2020

#OpenWindows2020

I am hosting Riverside Arts in Littleport. Sadly we cannot open our studio doors to the public this year so Cambridge Open Studios is taking place in windows. It is good to be working with friends and colleagues in a safe space, with beautiful work on display. Go here for more information about Riverside Arts and  for #OpenWindows2020.

Willow Bark basket
Jane Frost Bark Basket
Tapestry
Ditty Dokter tapestry
Anna Osborne
Speculating Rook cushions
Caroline Forward
Caroline Forward painting – oils and wax
Rick Forward, New From Old furniture
Littleport Labyrinth
Littleport Labyrinth, response to COVID 19

Find out more about this and the Littleport Labyrinth here

Outside:In ‘My Museum’

Welcome to the FrostArt ‘Outside In’ blog

Thank you for joining in. If you have ideas that you would like to try let me know and they could be included.

For most of workshop activities you are likely to need some tools and materials. Collect them together and put them in a box or drawer will mean you know where they are each time. A box for indoor making and one for outdoors might be a good idea too if you have space.

I have been so busy on other projects that posts for this have been neglected. What has been happening?

I wonder if you have planned to visit someone recently, or go to an event together? It can be a bit hard if you can’t do what you planned or what you usually do.

I often go to a museum with either family or friends at weekends or in holidays and we haven’t been able to do that for a long time so I had the idea of making our own.

There may be things in my house that are not in yours. Tools and materials for spinning and weaving, basketmaking and woodwork. So I have made a collection of some to share and show.

Wooden needles, bone needles, circular knitting tools, spindles and spinning wheel.

Fleece, flax and hemp fibres. Willow, in lots of different sizes and colours, including the bark taken form trees that I cut down.

I also have lots of photos and books that came from parents or grandparents or even further back. I put a collection together and tried to label them to share with younger family members so they know what these tools and items are and where they came from.

What might you make and what might it contain?

What is your favourite thing to look at or explore and play with?

Some of my family made their own ‘Cabinets of curiosity’ and together we made a museum that we could share online.

Ida is 8, she is making her cabinet about stories, myths and legends. It is going to take quite a long time. Her ideas are to share both modern and ancient myths and legends and make dolls to show what the characters look like.

Eben is 4, he made his cabinet from a cardboard box. It has doors and a tape round so people can’t touch fragile items. His museum is about butterflies, he had some dead ones, but didn’t want to catch more live ones, so he made some out of paper and coloured them.

Let’s share lots of pictures about how you have been learning recently, whether you are in your own garden or an open space near your home there is always lots to find.
There are resources on the Learning Through Landscapes website that you may not have used yet.

Watching what grows. I have left some area of grass to grow long this spring, at first because I wanted to make pathways for the Labyrinth. Now the grasses are showing all their different shapes and some wild flowers have grown that we didn’t know were there before.

So far I have counted 4 or five different grasses, there are native grasses in the UK… grown in the east of England, so this is a very limited range.

Cow parsley, or wild carrot – real name –

Buttercup

Daisy, or an older name is ‘Day’s Eye’ and often they are only open for one day.

Clover, both white and red

Thistle, there are lots of varieties of this. Some have a wonderful smell of honey and attract lots of different bees.

 

https://www.ltl.org.uk/free-resources/
https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/

Lots of great ideas and information on the BugLife website

Close uplooking
Take a magnifying glass outside
Bright colours
What colours do bees prefer?
Close up drawing

Outside In: Making and sharing names

Welcome to the FrostArt ‘Outside In’ blog

Thank you for joining in. If you have ideas that you would like to try let me know and they could be included.

For most of workshop activities you are likely to need some tools and materials. Collect them together and put them in a box or drawer will mean you know where they are each time. A box for indoor making and one for outdoors might be a good idea too if you have space.

Outdoor Classroom Day is on 21st May this year. How might you invite friends and family to join in? It would be great to share lots of pictures about how everyone has been learning recently, whether in your own garden or an open space near your home. There is always lots to do and it’s fun to share what you find out. How about sending friends a message to let them know what you are doing and that you are thinking of them? It could be as simple as writing their names, using collected items that remind you of friends you play with.

Materials you will need  for this week’s Outside In activity
Found items from around the house or outdoor spaces. Most of these will be replaced at the end of the making time.
Natural materials, plants, leaves, sticks or flowers maybe even fruit and vegetables. Earth, stones or sand.
There might be tools and materials from a cupboard or workshop, from kitchen or craft area. Remember to ask for permission if the items don’t belong to you.

Kitchen tools
Who likes to cook?

Tools you will  need
A digital phone with camera.
You will need a table or floor area; a plain colour or white background is good to show up the items.
Indoors this could be a large piece of paper, rug or plain coloured floor.
Outdoors it could be a paved area or pathway.
You may need to borrow a phone.

Think of three or four people who you would really like to share some time with. They might be friends or family members.
Write their name on a piece of paper, first name only.
What items round your house or garden might remind you of the person you have thought of?

Who might this remind you of?

You will be writing their names with the found materials, Download or print out instructions from here Making and Sharing, Names
or watch here Youtube

natural materials
Do these materials remind you of someone?

There are some fabulous ideas and resources on the Learning Through Landscapes website and Facebook pages that you may not have used yet, see https://www.ltl.org.uk/free-resources/ https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/

Outside In: Bottling sunshine

Welcome to the FrostArt ‘Outside In’ blog 

Thank you for joining in. If you have ideas that you would like to try let me know and they could be included.

For most of workshop activities you are likely to need some tools and materials. Collect them together and put them in a box or drawer will mean you know where they are each time. A box for indoor making and one for outdoors might be a good idea too if you have space.

This week spring has really warmed up, there are so many flowers in bloom and because there is less traffic I can smell many more than usual. Or maybe I am just spending more time outside noticing.

The colours of flowers get brighter and more intense and the insects are much more active as the temperature rises.

After the rain has stopped and when you have made some flowers, it’s a good time to sit and watch the insects and see which flowers they choose to visit.
What colour is favourite?
What shape is most visited?

Indoor Activity
Making flowers from plastic bottles.

You will need
Recycled bottles, any size. They can be clear, white or colourful.
Bottle lids
Short canes, approximately 50 cm
Fine wire, recycled wire is often available from discarded electronic goods.

Sharpie pens
Scissors
A metal skewer or bradawl
A thick mat or piece of wood to protect your table top

Download or print instructions Making plastic bottle flowers April 2020

Use the flowers as labels, to show where you have planted some seeds.
Make a bunch of them in the winter, place them somewhere the sun can shine through, see what happens when the shadows fall on a wall or piece of card.

Outdoor activity
Collect 3 different flowers from your garden, verge, field or a hedgerow if you are allowed. Could be a daisy, dandelion and clover.

You will need
A pair of scissors
Tweezers
A magnifying glass
Pencil crayons
Glue or tape
Take the flowers apart very carefully with scissors and tweezers.
Use the drawing below to help you label the parts.
You could draw the parts or stick them to a piece of paper with glue or tape. You may need to take them inside to do delicate work.

Flower parts
Identify flower parts

 

Outside In: for Earth Day

Welcome to the FrostArt ‘Outside In’ blog 

Thank you for joining in. If you have ideas that you would like to try let me know and they could be included.

For most of workshop activities you are likely to need some tools and materials. Collect them together and put them in a box or drawer will mean you know where they are each time. A box for indoor making and one for outdoors might be a good idea too if you have space.

Earth Day is on Wednesday 22nd of April, see details below https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/
I plan to make kites and fly them so people nearby can join in so if you have a kite or want to make one do join in, maybe we can get it happening all over the country, or even further!

What is flying in the skies near you? In the East of England I haven’t seen a swallow or house martin yet but there are lots of butterflies out in the daytime, and moths in the evening.

There are far fewer aeroplanes at the moment so the noise outside is different.
What can you hear? Under the cherry tree I can hear lots of bees, honey bees and solitary bees.

What can you smell? because there are fewer cars and buses the smell of the air is different. Are there flowers or trees nearby making the air scented?

It’s good to think about the whole earth and what is happening in other places, not just the bit nearest to us.
You could plan a call to link up with friends and family abroad and find out what the season is in other countries, what flowers and wildlife are they seeing?

Inside activity
Kite Making requires some assistance for younger children.
You will need
Plastic or paper bags in all sorts of colours. The thicker ones work well.
Paper or card, to draw your kite template
Pencil or pen
Marker pens
Ruler
scissors
short canes or dowel, approximately 50 cm
Hole punch
Sellotape or other plastic sticky tape
A long reel of string, fine polyester string is best
A small piece of card to wind the string on
Instructions are here for the Sled Kite

The Sun Kite designed by Jeremy Carson is really good too,  made from paper and drinking straws, see https://antofthy.gitlab.io/kites/paper_sun.gif

I hope you found kite making fun, I need to go and sort out my kites and make sure all the strings are untangled!

Outside activity
Now it’s time to practice flying your kite! You could do it on a short line from a window or  somewhere safe outside. I hope you have fun out there, do share pictures or videos to show everyone what you did on Earth Day 2020.

Kites and instructions online
http://people.exeter.ac.uk/jastaple/kites/projects/sled/sled.html
https://antofthy.gitlab.io/kites/paper_sun.gif

Willow workshops selection and feedback

News, updates and information

FrostArt workshops now has online booking and payments available. I am so excited about this and you may have been waiting a while for it to happen!

Workshop dates at WWT Welney are currently available on the Bookings page

Make a choice from the survey for the workshop selection I look forward to working with you very soon.

Hosting willow workshops – if you or your organisation would like to host workshops please go to Host page

If you have any queries or there are problems with your bookings please contact me

If you are thinking about coming to a workshop and would like to see what people say about their experience  please go here

Be ambitious!

There are a few places still available for the last workshop of the season on April 6th at WWT Welney. I hope students will be ambitious, making sculptures and items for the garden. Look out for next seasons dates very soon!

Holt Island Heritage Open Weekend

Sunday 16th September I will be taking part in Holt Island Heritage weekend, St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Hoping for good weather and lots of meetings with basketmakers and answering questions from potential basketmakers and maybe do some basketmaking. There will be workshop booking forms and items for sale.

 

Open Greenhouse

The Greenhouse workshop in the Bishops Garden, Ely will be open on June 10th 2p.m. – 6p.m. as part of the NGA Open Garden Scheme, come and see what is made here, there will be items for sale or to commission and details of next seasons workshops. Click on the link for more information about the garden 

figures
large willow vessel

miniatures

New shapes for the new season

basket
John Clare Basket
Random weave container

Come and learn how to make random weave baskets as a spring container. They can be tricky to make, but are great containers in a variety of sizes.  Good for collecting fruit or holding balls of wool, or maybe even Easter Eggs. In fact they can hold almost anything you can think of!

Family workshop making Christmas Decorations

A family workshop at WWT Welney making Christmas Decorations.

I learned how to make this
family learning
Grandma learning how to weave a Christmas tree

Grandchildren, parents and grandparent each made their own and learned a lot, shared ideas and discovered that sometimes the grown ups are not the best learners. They had lots of fun doing it.

Its quite hard, but fun
This stays together by weaving, its amazing!

Art Science installation

Bottle top colour wheels

Working with OuseLife artists and teachers from local schools, children made sculptures and installations for Ely Cathedral Science Festival 2017. The workshops I worked on were Recycling and Colour theory, using bicycle wheels with bottle tops to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in the environment

Bottle top colour wheels
Bottle top colour wheels
colour theory in practise
Bottle top Colour wheel

Fenland and Ouse Washes Story Quilt complete

Centre of Story Quilt
Job done

The process has been hard work but so enjoyable.

The people and places that are involved will continue to be enjoyed and talked about in many different settings

Lady Chapel Ely Cathedral
Story Teller Marion Leeper
Ely Cathedral
Ready for Story Time
Ely Cathedral
Story Teller Marion Leeper

 

The Fenland and Ouse Washes Story Quilt

The Fenland and Ouse Washes Story Quilt is a community resource for story telling and small scale performance. supported by OuseLife Drawing Group, and Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership, through Heritage Lottery project funding. Initiated in Ely Cathedral in 2016

Mappig the area
Finding our way
Work in progress
dyeing
Preparing yarns