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: Making and watching

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.


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
An old blunt knife
Pencils
Crayons
A piece of paper, a camera or phone
Pencils and crayons in a box or pencil case

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 trowel
A garden fork
A container to collect things


Some of my family had to have a new fence for their garden and the bird feeders got lost, so it was a good opportunity to make new, clean bird feeders for the spring.


Inside activity
Birdfeeder
A recycled 1 litre juice or milk carton, clean and dry. Keep the lid and replace when you have dried it!
A short length of bamboo or stick, long enough to stick out of the carton about 100 mm each side
scissors
string about 30cm long
Paint, 3 or 4 colours. Paint mixed with white glue makes it water proof
Paint brushes, one for each colour makes the job easier
Spare cardboard, can be cereal box
A hole punch or knitting needle
White glue, PVA
Birdseed
Somewhere to hang the bird-feeder outside when it is finished
This time I have attached the instructions so you can print it off, let me know if that makes it easier, or if makes no difference!
The link is here https://workshops.frostart.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Blog-birdfeeder-copy.pdf

 
Making time about 30 minutes, but you need to allow time for paint  and glue to dry so it could be longer and you might make more than one. There are different bird seed mixes suitable for different species.



Pictures here are of making by my family. Do share and let us know how you get on with yours.

Outside activity
Tell a story using your hands, take a picture with your imagination


You might need
Groundsheet or blanket
Note book or paper 
Pencil or crayons
Bird book or identification chart


Find a safe space to sit or lie looking up, using a chair, blanket or groundsheet if you need to.
Stretch your arms up to the sky
Make a frame using your hands
Right hand faces you with the thumb upwards.
Left had faces away from you with the thumb down
Join thumbs to finger tips and make a rectangle
Stretch your arms out and look through the frame.
What can you see? Is the sun shining, are there clouds
Are there trees or buildings?
Are there any birds or animals nearby?
Can you name them?


If you like drawing you could draw what you see. How many wings or legs do they have? Do they creep or crawl or fly?
If you have play-dough or plasticine you could model the things
You could record how many of each bird, insect or animal there is, what they are and maybe find out the name of the species.
How many wings or legs do they have? Do they creep or crawl or fly? do they make a noise that you can hear?
This could be a regular record keeping exercise, make a diary of what creatures appear each day and at what time. Does it make a difference if the sun is out?
There are many resources on the RSPB and Bug Life website if you want to find out more.
 Learning Through Landscapes has loads more ideas!


Activity time – as long and as often as it needs to be. 

 

Outside In: Ready, Steady, Make!

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.


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
An old blunt knife
Pencils
Crayons
A piece of paper, a camera or phone
Pencils and crayons in a box or pencil case

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 trowel
A garden fork
A container to collect things

Indoor activities

Make a container – This container will be useful for collecting things outdoors or to hold your tools in.
You will need
An old plastic 2 or 5 litre container, deionised water comes in them, tomato feed for gardeners, or liquid soaps.
A long boot lace, with plastic ends
A knitting needle or BBQ skewer
Scissors
A marker pen – Sharpies work well but be careful where you write as they don’t wash off.
Make time about 20 minutes

Draw a line with marker pen round the container, 150mm from base. Cut round the line with scissors, making a hole with the knitting needle might help to start it off. 

With the knitting needle or skewer make a hole at each end of the bottle 30mm from top of the container.

Thread one end of the the boot lace through a hole from the inside, tie a knot so it doesn’t slip out. Thread the other end from the outside and tie a knot inside the container.

If the lace is very long for you, make knot where it fits and cut the remainder off., or you could make a loop and tie it there.

Keep the plastic lid, and put it in the container you have made.

Make a picture frame
You will need
Some stiff paper or cardboard – an old cereal box will work
A ruler or envelope
A pencil or pen
Scissors
Make time about 10 minutes
Draw a square on the plain side of the card, use an envelope or another piece of card for straight lines if you haven’t got a ruler nearby.
 




Cut the inside of the square out, fold it or poke the scissors inside first to start it off.

Now you can go out collecting with both the things you have made.

Outdoor activity of course depends on the weather and where you are.
Outside in spring there is a lot happening, it could be very small, or high in the air or very low down on the ground.
Move slowly as you go outside, small creatures get frightened of people moving fast.
Take 5 minutes to find a place you like the look of, an area of about 2 metres square or a circle as far as you can reach with your feet when you sit down.
Is anything moving? What is it, animal, insect, bird, flowers or trees, earth, stick or stone? Do you know what the name is? Best not pick up or touch, just watch for 2 minutes. You might use a stop watch.
 
Use the picture frame you made to frame the things you are looking at.
You could draw a picture, or take time to look at what is happening.
Can you see any more of the same, or maybe some different things. How many different things are there in the space you have selected?
Look at the colours and shapes and textures. You could touch gently, how does it feel, is it soft or hard, cold or warm, wet or dry?
Can you identify the creatures, or flowers. Do they have names you know?
If you like writing you could write a story about the place, what and who lives there?
If you like talking you might do a recording about the things you see.
If you like drawing you could draw what you see in the frame, or make a picture using found things on a flat surface. Place the things you find in the frame and maybe take photos.

Use the container when you are ready to go back inside you might pick up a few things to take indoors, put them carefully in your container using the plastic lid if it is crawly or squirmy.

Always put creatures back outside when you have looked at them, they prefer to live outdoors where you found them.

 

 

 

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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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

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!

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