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

Booking Textile Workshops

FrostArt workshops use recycled and found materials. Techniques include hand and machine stitching and weaving.

Workshops are provided for all ages and abilities.

Workshops have taken place at a wide variety of venues including museums, galleries, schools, colleges, libraries, country parks, riverside walks, cafes and village halls.

Book group workshops or one to one sessions on dates and venues of your choice, please go here for more information.

Topics include ‘Stitch and Expression’ ‘ Weaving a Walk’ and ‘Fair Trade – Material Matters’.

Gift tokens are available for special events,

There are no current textile workshops in the calendar.

If you would like to host one or want to know about future events please contact me for details

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

Recycling plastics

Flowers, insects and other creatures made using plastic containers and lids. A workshop for all ages to highlight the variety and extent of plastics in household use.

baby eels
plastic bottle elvers
baby eels
Plastic bottle elver
plastic bottle flowers
A bunch of plastic bottle flowers

WWT Welney Hides

Willow hides commissioned for the reserve at WWT Welney

Work in progress
New hides 2016
Work in progress
Willow hide
View from walkway
willow hide
View form the reserve

Work with Arts and Minds at Anglesey Abbey

Inside-Out, a large scale collaborative project with Arts and Minds and families at Anglesey Abbey which resulted in a sculpture trail in the extensive gardens and work being placed at all levels, including in the Mill Lode and high up in trees

Anglesey Abbey grounds
Planning the sculpture trail

willow and tissue flowers
Fantastic Flowers
willow creatures
Bugs
Surprise beasties
Holly Crocodile
Boiled egg in an urn
Giant Egg cup
willow and kite fabric insects
Butterflies in the tree tops
willow web
giant spiders web