Over the last few weeks I have been putting the final parts together for the Fleetwood Memorial Park project and I am happy to say its now up and (almost) ready to be viewed!
The project was commissioned by Heritage Lottery and was part of the regeneration of Memorial Park in Fleetwood, including the parks landscaping and the Pavilion where this work now sits. All of the servicemen have been researched by volunteers and I used this information to create small pieces of artwork that then all sit together as one piece.
The launch for the work will be Friday 9th September 12-2pm and all is welcome!
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.
A few weeks ago I was asked to provide 600 five color screen printed tote bags for Time To Read the North West Libraries development partnership. Its the biggest screen printing job I have taken on to date and always wanting to challenge myself I agreed and started to prepare.
The design for the bags came from artist Vanessa Cuthbert a Manchester based artist who says ‘connecting reading and art has always been important to her’ in her interview with Clancy Mason the reader development officer in charge of this project. I too took on this job not only for the challenge but because I have such a passion for reading and the important role the libraries play in our lives. Hearing that funding is being cut over Lancashire, jeopardizing the future of the library establishments really grates on me.
The bags that I have been printing are to celebrate National Libraries Day and will be available to local residents across the North West at local libraries soon. Whats your favorite read at the moment? I am currently reading The Taxidermist Daughter by Kate Moss.
It’s been a very busy week at Squirrel and Tiffin HQ recently with the Living Names project, Time to Read commission and a weekend away team building with the Boys and Girls Club (more on these later!).
I have managed however to get some solid dates in the diary for the Launch of the Living Names project as well as the first three workshops. If you are free this coming Sunday 28th Feb between 2-4pm you are very welcome to come along to the Pavilion in Memorial Park Fleetwood. There will be a taster session of screen printing, a talk about the project by Volunteer Graham Lougher and a chance to see what the workshops will look like.
Not free on Sunday? Don’t worry there will be a chance to listen to me on BBC Radio Lancashire this coming Saturday (eek!). I will be talking with Gilly about the project at 8.50am so early birds will get a chance to hear me discussing the art work as well as the workshops. (I will also post a link to the show at a later date for anyone not awake at 8.50am!)
The pavilion is situated at Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 7AE and the dates for the diary are..
The launch – Sunday 28th February 2-4pm
Workshop One – Sunday 6th March 1.30-4pm
Workshop Two – Sunday 27th March 1.30-4pm
Workshop Three – Sunday 3rd April 1.30-4pm
Just before Christmas last year I found out I had been selected as the lead artist for the Living Names Project at Fleetwood funded by Wyre Council. The Living Names project was a two year volunteer led initiative that helped to identify the names listed on the war memorial at Memorial Park in Fleetwood. The information found has been uploaded to the Imperial War Museum site ‘Lives of the First World War‘ and the next step is for me to use this information and create a piece of art.
Over the festive period I was able to cosy up on the sofa and start to read all about the 330 servicemen I would be working with. As you can imagine some of the newspaper clippings have been hard to read but highlighted the sensitive nature of this work and how important it is to be created.
This January I am really excited to have been chosen as the lead artists for the living names project over Wyre.
The project aims to identify each soldiers story marked on the memorial in Memorial Park Fleetwood. The artwork is to bring the stories and information forward that has been researched by the volunteers of memorial park over a two year period.