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Montagues

09 04 17

Hello 2017!

Yes it really is that long since I blogged that actually this is my first one of the year (but I have been Insta – blogging I promise!).

Its been a mixed year for Squirrel so far with lots of community engagement and work within a Behavioral and SEN School up in Poulton-le-Fylde. This has pretty much taken up all of my time and was a full on expereince that left me with little or no time for my own creating. But fear not! I am now back to being freelance giving me time to focus on what really matters to me. Helping those in need through creative arts engagement and getting out into the community.

At the weekend I was fortunate enough to visit Montagues, a trendy restaurant and cafe bar located on the the ever growing Highfield Road, South Shore, Blackpool. Think Manchester Northern Quarter but in a local neighborhood and you are somewhere near what is one of (if not the only) the best places in the town to eat.

The decor is made up of what I believe was once Danielle’s own private collection of eclectic vintage and retro paraphernalia with a hint of the new. The flooring resembling what was once a school gymnasium, string lighting and stunning wicker light shades that give off that ‘hygge’ atmosphere we are all trying to recreate in our own homes.

The menu ranges from the traditional Sunday roasts to burgers, salads, fish and spaghetti meaning there is something for everyone (even the kids). If you are a foodie then I suggest you sign up for their quarterly Supper Club via the newsletter. The most recent being Moroccan themed serving Apricot, date and lamb tagine, citrus and herb couscous, fresh beetroot and avocado salad and to finish a buttermilk and almond basbousa with orange & cardamom syrup.

Whats best is all of the food is locally sourced or homegrown in the Montague garden. Visiting for even just a coffee (served with small delicious piece of homemade biscuit) not only means you are supporting local business but you are supporting a range of them through the food you order. What more could you want? Now go go go!

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Printmaking with natural dye

06 16 16

Turmeric Dye Bath Tea and Coffee Dye Bath

Its all been a bit quiet on the blogging front due to the grey area of crossing over between two projects. This usually means there are lots of days where you feel nothing is getting done until the end of the week and you start to see the fruits of your hard work.

Here is the start of a new research and development grant funded project (via LeftCoast) to experiment and explore how nature can provide the pigments and dyes to use in printmaking. This serves two purposes. One is to teach the young people I work with at the Mereside Boys and Girls Club how to grow food and what small changes healthy eating can achieve. Once the food has been grown I will also use a small percentage of the produce to then experiment with creating inks to print making my own work 100% organic.