Autumn, seasonal activites

This time of year an important part of the preparation for workshops and future making is harvesting willow, it is always good to see the health of the trees, how they have grown aver the year and make plans for new planting where there is space.

I am also usually busy with workshops and meeting lots of new students but this year of course is different. It’s good that a few places and organisations have decided to host workshops and I am really pleased to teach at Hills Road Sixth Form for adult education, and at Holkham Hall in Norfolk as part of their Christmas celebrations

I love to make to commission, it is always as a result of meeting people and learning about their homes or work places. Sculptures and baskets become  part of other peoples lives and their story for many years to come. I am currently working on several that will be given as gifts by the purchasers, among them a bee for a beekeeper.

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

Outside In: Walking and making a labyrinth

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.

It would be great to see what is made, so please take pictures of what you make and we can share them here.

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 thought it would be fun to show you what I have been doing this week. 

I have been cutting a labyrinth on the green near our house. It is being used by lots of families for playtimes and exercise because they can’t use the playground
My reason for starting this was partly just for fun, because we all need some right now, and partly because I was aware of all the restrictions on children and families who are finding it hard to keep children busy and happy, so this is a way to support others locally. My family do not live near, we see them via internet, so Skype and Zoom have been really great for keeping in touch, chatting and regular story times but that is not at all the same as having hugs and playing together in homes, gardens or playgrounds.

 

I invited people to use it via the local Big Eye Spy face book page, families have been making use of it as part of their regular daily exercise and outdoor play. Some dogwalkers have been making use of it too, but I hear that the dogs cheat!
Walking the labyrinth is a great and safe way to meet up and share the experience with friends or family while doing some exercise, we all need reassurance and encouragement to be positive. I heard from one mum who is very grateful to have somewhere safe to take her children because they had begun to be afraid of going out of their garden. Mental health is more important than ever when times are uncertain and families need to find ways to share safe spaces and good experiences.
Some families have used the opportunity to learn about labyrinths in history or stories.
Do you know the difference between a labyrinth and a maze?
There is only one path in a labyrinth so you can’t get lost, in a maze there are lots of ways to lose your way.
Who was the Minotaur and where did he come from?
There is a labyrinth in the floor at the entrance of Ely Cathedral, the pathway is the same length as the height of the west tower.
What else can you find out about labyrinths, is there one near you?
There are lots of instructions available online for making labyrinths and mazes. These can be done using paper and pencil or on a larger scale, with Lego, stones or sticks to make the pathway.
The Labyrinth society has information about labyrinths all over the world, including visiting times to some and instructions about making one yourself.
You could make temporary pathways in different places each time you go out for a walk, they don’t have to be very long.
I am sure there are similar spaces in every community that could be used for simple and creative activities while families have limited access to play equipment. This was not a difficult thing to do and the space was available but not well used, especially with the children not going to school. Pathways indicate to others that friends or family can come and walk there too, so it is a good way to share the space even if not at the same time.
Cutting the grass in a pattern means cutting less, so uses less fuel and allows grasses and flowers to grow. This can be a really good way to encourage wildlife to thrive in the spaces as well.
Enjoy the journey!

 

Outside In: Looking and sharing some time

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.

Saturday April 4th is Slow Art Day

This is a day for galleries, museums and individuals all over the world to invite others to share the art that is precious to them. Spend time contemplating and appreciating skills, materials and techniques. Take time to slow down, this is the perfect opportunity. 

This year is different, we can’t meet up and share the art in the same physical place, or enjoy a chat with coffee and cake afterwards. But we can share in different ways. Maybe send an image of your favourite piece, or one you would love to see again and share it via a phone message, have a conversation and share time thinking about that piece. You could of course have a chat with coffee, or the drink of choice, and cake as well!
This does not have to be looking at old pieces, it can be any art of your choice. Make sure you spend at least 5 minutes to appreciate the work, think about how long it might have taken to make, who made it, where the ideas may have come from.
You could follow up time spent looking with researching your chosen artist, maybe there is something about the person and the way they live that would encourage you to develop a different life style. We have the unusual experience of having time to think!

I still haven’t decided what my Slow Art choice will be, I seem to take longer to make decisions, but that’s ok too!

Share what you looked at, I would love to see your choices.
Here is the website for Slow Art Day

Welcome to the FrostArt ‘Outside In’ blog

dreaming and making

Today is the start of a new blog. This is where I will be sharing ideas and plans to make things that are either just for fun, some will be useful and most will use materials you already have in the house or find outside. Life has changed, we can’t do or go to all the things we are familiar with because of the corona virus and we need to find different ways of living and working. For me all workshops, exhibitions and events have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. I also need to find ways of relating to family and spending time with grandchildren without being able to visit in person. Who knew we could make such good use of the technology we have all become familiar with?

As a family we often spend time making and doing together, so we plan to do ‘Ready, Steady, Make!’ each week.
I hope you will join me find things that can be adapted into something new, transforming rubbish into beautiful and maybe precious items.
Each post will have one outdoor and one indoor activity. I will give an indication of how long I think each might take to make but of course it will be up to you how long you spend on each.
 
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.



For inside
An apron
Waterproof covering for table or floor
a tray or shoe box
an old basket or container for collecting things outside

Tools and materials
spoons – large and small
a trowel
a garden fork
an old blunt knife
pencils
crayons


For outside
A coat and hat, gloves or sunshade, depending on the weather
Outdoor shoes
A cushion or rug to sit on, if you are going to stay outside.
A board to lean on
A piece of paper, a camera or phone,
Pencils and crayons in a box or pencil case
A container ot collect things


It would be great to see what is made, please take pictures of what you make and we can share them.
If you have ideas and suggestions that you would like to try let me know and they could be included. We are all learning together, some of you might be able to translate the notes into other languages and share with friends abroad.


Thank you for joining in with this, I hope we get to do some good things together.
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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

Introduction

Ely Cathedral
ready for Story Times

I work as a textile and environmental artist in a wide variety of settings and communities. My work is made in conversation with people and places, for installations and exhibition as well as running workshops to suit the places and people involved.

I use found or adapted materials for works that are placed in the landscape, in galleries or in public venues.

I live in the fens of East Anglia in the UK, where willow is easily available for making baskets and sculpture. The landscape, light and dry weather encourage me to spend time outside as much as possible.

https://frostart.blogspot.co.uk/

Booking Commissioned Workshops

Commissioned workshops are designed in consultation with individuals, groups and communities. Jane has experience teaching groups with a wide range of ages and abilities, including family workshops, youth work as well as curriculum based training courses. Jane also works with other artists and practitioners including environmentalists, local historians, performers and storytellers. See examples of workshops and projects

Contact Jane@FrostArt.co.uk or call 07967 088 348 for more information

Gift tokens are available for special events, please contact me for details

Book group workshops or one to one sessions on dates and venues of your choice, please go here for more information. I have experience of leading workshops in a variety of settings both in UK and abroad with people of all ages and abilities.

For information about exhibitions and project work see my blog

Book Willow Workshops

Book group workshops or one to one sessions on dates and venues of your choice, please go here for more information. I have experience of leading workshops in a variety of settings both in UK and abroad with people of all ages and abilities.

Booking requirement for all workshops is by full payment at least 7 days in advance of the workshop date.

Make cheques payable to: Jane Frost

Send payment to:

Jane Frost,
32 Woodfen Road,
Littleport,
Cambridgeshire.
CB6 1JP

Contact Jane@FrostArt.co.uk or call 07967 088 348 for BACS details and more information

Gift tokens are available for special events, please contact me for details

PLEASE NOTE:  Fees will be returned if cancellations are due to essential causes. £25 WILL BE RETAINED if cancellation is for any other reason.

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