Over Easter this year we had a family of 5 staying with us – the weather turned nasty on the Sunday so what better way to spend the time than to run a wire and mixed media workshop?! We had been to the beach the day before and had collected up lots of goodies to use, which we tipped into big bowls in the middle of the table which everybody dipped into. Ages ranged from 7 to 50 and there were 7 of us altogether. The following pictures are what they made in under 2 hours – I’m pretty impressed by the variety, imagination and inventiveness!
I’ve just finished this ‘Flying Eyes Lady’ which I started a few weeks ago and have been working on when I’ve had a free few minutes here and there. She’s made from iron wire, steel wire, a fishing line ‘scribble’ picked up from Wonwell Beach, fishing line from my own collection and some wonderful discarded uncut glasses lenses which I picked up at my local scrap store.
Exciting news – I have another date for a wire workshop, incorporating found and up-cycled objects.
This one will be at The Up-cycled Home at Mount Edgcumbe on Saturday 14th June from 10am – 4pm.
The cost will be £50 and this includes a delicious lunch. Tools and materials will be provided, but please bring your own ‘found objects’ – they could be anything ranging from a scrap of fabric from your childhood, some sentimental broken jewellery, flotsam and jetsum from your beach pickings. Let your imagination run free!
For more details, email me at email@example.com
Learn to make funky characters out of wire combined with found objects/fabric/your old treasures – whatever you’d like to bring along to incorporate.
Come and create your own funky characters from wire and found objects.
Bring found / up-cycle able objects that have a special meaning to you or small items that you’ve picked up on walks to incorporate into your creations.
Ideas for small objects to bring could include corks, beer bottle caps, shells, fabric from a favorite worn out piece of clothing, broken jewellery, beads, small photographs/postcards, and I particularly love bits of rusty metal I find on the streets like washers. Basically, anything that inspires or interests you!
You will learn a variety of techniques working with wire, snips and pliers and you’ll leave with a unique funky handmade character to inhabit a special place in your home.
Wire and tools will be provided, there will be a small charge for wire.
Times are from 10am – 4pm, light refreshments are provided (tea, coffee & cake) please bring a packed lunch.
Cost of the workshop will be £45 plus a little extra for materials.
My dear friend Simon was a super duper artist and ceramicist who died tragically far too young. He’s got a retrospective show coming up at the V&A in London, it will be more than worth while visiting, his work was inspirational and free. Showing from 5th April 2014 – 4th April 2015.