Archive for the ‘Crafts’ Category

Loosing the will to warp!

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Loosing the will to warp. (quote by SB.)

Loosing the will to warp. (quote by SB.)

Hallamshire & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and

Hallamshire & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers were displaying their marvellous talents yesterday at the Wintergardens as part of a crafts week celebration.

This video contains a great interview and loads of illustrative footage from the event …

please see http://sheffieldist.co.uk/2013/05/10/a-tale-of-weaving/ for a fantastic video of the Guild.

Petition to stop the government reclassifying craft as non-creative

 Responsible department: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

We request the Government reconsider the proposal that craft no longer be considered part of the creative industries, as part of the 30 April proposed changes set out in Classifying and Measuring the Creative Industries consultation paper.
The craft industry and those who work in it, over 88,000 people making a £3bn annual contribution to the UK economy, are inherently and by their very nature creative. We want the UK Government to stop ignoring The Crafts Council and the thousands of mostly sole trading craftsmen and women who consider themselves to be and indeed are creatives.
The Government should be proud & supportive of our vibrant creative craft industry & celebrate the unique, rich diversity of skills & craftsmanship, not seek to declassify, dismiss & undermine it.
Calling an IT Business Analyst a creative but refusing the title to a skilled potter or ceramicist shows the level of understanding that those proposing the change have of what is and isn’t creative.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49537 
click to open and sign please pass on.

 

Open Up: first weekend

IMG_2718      The above, slightly out of focus, image shows a facet of my studio during Open Up in Sheffield.

Not many visitors this weekend but I don’t blame them for enjoying the first of the sunshine.

The visitors that I’ve had have shown lots of interest and have spent time talking about the art – this has been fabulous. As a lone worker it is always great to discuss reasons, applications etc. Most have had a go at weaving, either on the rigid heddle loom or making Mexican stars (children only, so far).

Still, I’m opening on Sunday the 12th, who knows what will happen then?

Open Up – It’s here!

weaving section

So soon upon us, even with months to prepare I’m still not ready! But cakes will be made, tea and coffee will be served, art is on show and weaving will be accessible for visitors to have a go.

Come and try Mexican weaving, a circular weave, a rigid heddle, a simple card weave or just enjoy the browse, free of charge with or without conversation.

If you are in or near Sheffield you will be made most welcome.

We will be open 11am to 4pm on Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May. Also 11am to 4pm on Sunday 12th May.

Knit, crochet, pompom, weave, twist or tie?

Yarn bombing to the extreme!

yarn steps

If you would like to join in a yarn bombing in the Burngreave Area of Sheffield you can!

The initial discussion will be held at the Burngreave Library, 2pm, on Friday 10th May.

You are very welcome.

Open Studios, Sheffield

Studio desk Jan2011

Open studios in Sheffield will be the delight of the May bank Holiday.

Please look at the website for further information: http://www.openupsheffield.co.uk/

information about me can be found here: http://www.openupsheffield.co.uk/artists/Wells_Amanda.J..php 

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