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: 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

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

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!

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

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

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

WWT Welney beginners workshop

At the Beginners workshop everyone learns a few basic techniques, then make items of their choice. Participants are always ambitious, and always take home items they are happy to display either indoors or outside.

willow weave
Basic techniques

Finishing off

successful class
Happy makers at the end of a workshop day

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