Re-creations: Environmental Arts & Drama 2006

2006

Lantern making

Many processional lanterns were made as part of the West End Lantern Festival. These are made using white tissue to allow them to glow brightly when lit. A simple ‘witches hat’ shape can be used or for those more adventurous, most shapes are possible.

Young Carers group and Junior group, Woodhill Lane Community Centre, Morecambe, Dec 06

 

 

Rag rug taster session

As part of the Hyndburn Women’s Forum textiles day we demonstrated rag rug techniques and encouraged everyone to have a go. Even the Mayor joined in!

Accrington Town Hall, Mid Pennine Arts, Nov 06

 

 

 

Waste Aware Workshop

A group of trustees, Friends of the Earth members and Scouts focussed on their own waste forming habits to gather new solutions to their rubbish ways.

Beginning in a 1940’s style tearoom, participants were served tea by two characters chatting about ‘Make do and mend’. They introduced an interactive installation of three zones in which participants sought information and evaluated their own waste habits; a darkened landfill site (a geodesic dome) where they had to smell, touch and feel their way around, a Supermarket aisle where they shopped for goods, along to a gothic style ‘End of the Line’ where they lay their products down to ‘Rest in Peace. Finally in’ Information Alley’ there were audio visuals as well as objects for participants to seek answers to their quiz.

While setting this up was a tremendous effort for just a day, the installation created a memorable experience which provoked discussion and debate about our waste habits.

Prospects Foundation, Accrington, October 06

 

Paper Pirates and Jewellery making workshops

Everyone was involved making their own pirate hat, sword and eye patch using newspaper, card and string. Younger members of the crew went all out and got tattoos, moustaches and stubble to match! Arghhh!

Marsh Youth & Community Centre, Lancaster, August 06

 

 

 

Paper Pirates

Pirate hats, swords and eye patches using reclaimed industrial materials, newspaper, card and string.

These always go down well at events. Arghhhh!

Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show, Ribble Valley Borough Council, July 06

 

 

Robin Hood & Maid Marian

Paper hats, real willow bows and arrows, plaits, beards and moustaches!

Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show, Ribble Valley Borough Council, July 06

 

 

 

 

Waste Plastic Kites

Our favourite design uses plastic and no sticks and they fly really well! Simple to construct using templates and tape.

Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show, Ribble Valley Borough Council, July 06

 

 

 

Wild Windsocks

Fishy designs using reclaimed sweet wrapper cellophane. Young children love to run along pulling these behind them. Often sporting fine streamer tails, these certainly catch the eye!

Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show, Ribble Valley Borough Council, July 06

 

 

 

Waste Plastic Kites

Our favourite design uses plastic and no sticks and they fly really well! Simple to construct using templates and tape.

Young Carers Group, More Music in Morecambe’s ‘Catch the Wind’ Festival, June & July 06

 

 

 

The Gigantic Carrot

An interactive shadow show in need of a very strong audience! Ideally suited to a younger group. Children all play a part in the pulling out of our gigantic carrot while discovering the importance of encouraging wild life in the garden.

(The giant carrot costume was made from an old orange sleeping bag – one of my favourites).

The Secret Diary of a Compost Bin aged 2 and ¾

Let compost guru Ms Binamy Crompost take you on a guided tour of the compost bin where  she will reveal her four secret ingredients. Get your hands mucky making your very own mini composter and consider recycling in nature by planting your own fruit seeds in biodegradeable pots!

Willow Lane Primary, Lancaster, July 06

 

 

 

 

Armchair Traveller Puppet show

An Indian tale of love and adventure enacted using shadow puppets, masks and colourful characters in elaborately created costumes, performed to an intimate audience in our beautifully bedecked ‘Geodome’.

Glasson Dock Folk Festival, Lancaster, June 06

 

 

 

Armchair Traveller Exhibition

An exotic display of the original artwork used to create the images for the exterior of Blackburn’s mobile library. Collages made completely from books all donated by Oxfam and St. John’s Hospice, all having been discarded and bound for Landfill. Colourfully illustrated scenes including Ganesha in his library eating fruit and reading books with Mouse, Biddhi and Siddhi listening to stories, Kartikeya speeding past mountains on his peacock and many amazing scenes from around the world featured in the stories.

Whale Tail Café, Lancaster, June 06

 

Giant Bottle Flower

Made from 120 plastic pop bottles, made by 120 brownies! Each flower was crafted out of a plastic bottle and decorated with a variety plastic scrap. Together they formed the centre of the flower, which was surrounded by petals featuring pledges to recycle. Blooming marvellous!

Lancaster Brownie, Rainbow and Guide Camp, Forton, May 06

 

 

Armchair Traveller Puppet show

An Indian tale of love and adventure enacted using shadow puppets, masks and colourful characters in elaborately created costumes, performed to an intimate audience in our beautifully bedecked ‘Geodome’.

Croc & Sausage Wyre Puppet Festival, Thornton Cleveleys, Wyre Borough Council, May 06

 

 

Shadow and light workshop

An amazing group workshop that explored the beauty of shadow, light and sound. We introduced a variety of materials to develop depth and texture in light and shadow, ranging from the intricacy of card silhouettes to the simplicity of hands and fingers. The group used story boards to structure and plan their own unique show. We used techniques such as the building of tension and combining sound and light to create drama, atmosphere and humour plus a touch of Recreative sparkle.

Lancaster Community Learning Network, Towerwood, Windermere, April 06

 

Armchair Traveller Storywalk

A shadow show followed by an interactive story walk including costume, dance, songs, games and celebration.

Lancaster Community Learning Network, Towerwood, Windermere, April 06

 

 

 

 

Blackburn & Darwen Mobile Library

A commission from Blackburn & Darwen Borough Council to decorate its mobile library in the style of an Indian Jeepney – a type of bus found in the Philippines. The design was based on the Indian tale of ‘The Armchair Traveller’ which was presented to various groups in the community using shadow puppetry. Nursery and school children made dangly jingly colourful peacocks, elephant banners and sparkly rakhis to transform the interior. Re creations created a series of collages which were digitally reproduced and used in a ‘Wrap’ to decorate the entire exterior of the bus. The bus travelling through the Pennines over the next three years!

See photos of the bus – see photos of the collage

C21, Blackburn & Darwen Borough Council, Sept 05 – Feb 06

Great groups

Some of my work with community, school and youth groups making all kinds of things and meeting and working with wonderful people.

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