Sunday, 31 May 2015

Future Fantasteek! will be making an appearance at the first Beirut Zine Festival in June



Future Fantasteek! will be making an appearance at the first Beirut Zine Festival, which will be on the 18th June at 18:00 in UTC+03. Artscape Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.
After the festival Future Fantasteek!  will join the Artscape zine collection - super.

For more details, see the Artscape Poster and link below:
https://www.facebook.com/BeirutZines


Saturday, 30 May 2015

PhD by Design conference at Leeds College of Art on 14th May




"The event was attended by 29 practice-based design PhD students and researchers from 18 different institutions where we explored different forms of dissemination for practice-based research. Through the day, we wanted to make space for tentative yet innovative ideas rather than gathering around polished knowledge and methods of dissemination. Everyone who attended, presented their work and contributed to the journal, creating a supportive environment for discussion and exploration."
http://phdbydesign.com/satellite-sessions/instantjournal/
http://phdbydesign.com/

I co-presented the Images in Practice Network that seeks to explore ways to publish and share practice based research for future researchers. I presented an account of how I've digitised my own practice based PhD exploiting freely available technologies and current social networking sites.
http://www.thesafecigarette.blogspot.co.uk/

This ‘Instant Journal’ was created at the one day PhD By Design event at Leeds College of Art on the 14th of May 2015.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Women and Domesticity Exhibition

The Domestic Dusters exhibition has moved on! to:

HOME & ART: CREATING, PERFORMING AND RESEARCHING HOME AT THE GEFFRYE MUSEUM
Friday 1st May 2015
The event is being organised by the Centre of Studies of Home and the Queen Mary University London. The dusters will be hung for the day, pop-up style as before, during the event so all the delegates will get a chance to see them. Vanessa will be giving a talk about the project.



How it all began...

I'm delighted to be part of this upcoming exhibition on Women and DomesticityThe Private View will be held from 2-5pm on Saturday 28th February.
We will also be taking donations for Women's Aid at this event.
Studio 11, The Old Printworks, 20 Wharf Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UG.
The studio is just a few minutes walk from Eastbourne train station and there is parking nearby.


Curated by Vanessa Marr, women were invited to sew their opinions on to a yellow duster.
"WHAT’S YOUR OPINION?
Love it, loath it, fear it, resent it, or embrace it?
Is it an out-dated expectation or a predictable reality?
What does it mean to you personally?Stitch your perspective onto a duster!"

Here's what I stitched for the show:


Title: Call of Duty

When considering housework I tend to groan inwardly and grit my teeth. It’s like a chore to be endured rather than a task to be enjoyed. I don’t experience the satisfaction of a ‘job well done’ rather a mental image of the Forth Bridge that needs constant attention just to keep going.

I have a collection of homemaking manuals from the '40s -'50s and I particularly enjoy the jolly enthusiasm with which Good Housekeeping explains how to clean your house properly. I’ve stitched their cleaning descriptions exactly, to form the text, but I’ve placed the whole activity within the context of a Play Station game. I enjoyed the notion of ‘housework’ as an entertainment - however unlikely. ‘Call of Duty’ is a pun on the name of a popular series of computer games - but the title seemed very apt here.

Materials: Blue and red embroidery thread sewn onto a yellow duster.
J-cloth cut-out backed with interfacing and sewn on with blue thread.
Added buttons and blue fabric pen lines.
Laundry label attached by 2 small safety pins.




Visit Vanessa's blog for more information and images:

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Pinner Library, Harrow workshop

Thanks to Piner Library in Harrow, London for hosting this workshop for the Library Press on the 28th March. We reused withdrawn library stock with collage to make new artworks. Thanks to everyone at the library and particularly to Joanna for organising everything!

Thanks to Dr. Chris Mullen for donating all the magazines and catalogues for this event and Portsmouth University library for the withdrawn stock to work with.


Thanks to Deborah, Joanna and Hayley for letting me share their great collages!




Saturday, 21 March 2015

Kingsbury Library Workshop

Thanks to Kingsbury Library in Brent for hosting this workshop for the Library Press on the 19th March. I made more new friends and we reused withdrawn library stock with collage to
make new artworks. Thanks to everyone at the library!

Thanks to Dr. Chris Mullen for donating all the magazines and catalogues for this event and Portsmouth University library for the withdrawn stock to work with.

Last workshop:

Saturday 28th March 1.30pm-3.30pm, Pinner Library, Harrow

















Islington, Central Library Workshop

Fifth workshop for the Library Press in Gallery at Central Library on 18th March.
I met some great people and we reused withdrawn library stock with collage to
make new artworks. Thanks to everyone at the library (especially for the kitkats!)

Thanks to Dr. Chris Mullen for donating all the magazines and catalogues for this event and Portsmouth University library for the withdrawn stock to work with.

Next workshops:

Thursday 19 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Kingsbury Library, Brent

Saturday 28th March 1.30pm-3.30pm, Pinner Library, Harrow



Here's some of the artworks produced...











Friday, 6 March 2015

Hounslow Library and Torridon Library Workshops

I did my second workshop for the Library Press in Hounslow Library on Thursday 5th March and the third at Torridon Library, Catford on Saturday 7th March.
We had great fun making small folding books and making new artworks. Thanks to everyone at both libraries for providing great spaces and plenty of additional withdrawn books to play with!



Here are some great collaged books by Supreetha, Libby, Fantosh, Suki, Rani








Next workshops:

Wednesday 18 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Gallery at Central Library, Islington

Thursday 19 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Kingsbury Library, Brent

Saturday 28th March 1.30pm-3.30pm, Pinner Library, Harrow

Many thanks to Dr. Chris Mullen for donating all the magazines and catalogues for this event and Portsmouth University library for the withdrawn stock to work with.

The delightful Torridon Library building.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Wimbledon Library workshop for The Library Press


I did my first workshop for the Library Press in Wimbledon Library on Sat 28th Feb.
I met some lovely people and we reused withdrawn library stock with collage to
make new artworks. Thanks to everyone at the library!

Thanks to Dr. Chris Mullen for donating all the magazines and catalogues for this event and Portsmouth University library for the withdrawn stock to work with.

Next workshops:
Thursday 5 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Hounslow Library , Hounslow

Saturday 7 March 2pm – 4pm, Torridon Road Library, Lewisham

Wednesday 18 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Gallery at Central Library, Islington

Thursday 19 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Kingsbury Library, Brent

Saturday 28th March 1.30pm-3.30pm, Pinner Library, Harrow


Here are some great images created during the event by Joy, Brenda and Ursula.









Sunday, 1 February 2015

Collage Workshops in London for the Library Press during Feb and March

The Library Press is a new creative community publishing project.
We aim to connect creative individuals and communities with their local library services and engage and inspire new audiences to be creative with writing and publishing. A collaboration between 7 London boroughs, our festival of workshops ranging from how to get started with creative writing and comic books, through to handmaking books, using books for art and advice on self-publishing takes place between February and April 2015. http://www.librarypress.org.uk/


As part of this festival, I'll be running a series of collage workshops in London Boroughs:

Saturday 28th February 2pm-4pm, Wimbledon Library, Merton

Thursday 5 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Hounslow Library , Hounslow

Saturday 7 March 2pm – 4pm, Torridon Road Library, Lewisham

Wednesday 18 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Gallery at Central Library, Islington

Thursday 19 March 6pm – 7.30pm, Kingsbury Library, Brent

Saturday 28th March 1.30pm-3.30pm, Pinner Library, Harrow


About the workshops:

If your life were a book what would the cover look like?

We’ll be exploring life stories and remembered incidents using withdrawn library books in this collage workshop. Withdrawn library books are usually thrown away – but they have been through many hands before ours and they convey on their covers the wear and tear of a well loved object. As humans we also show our wear and tear over time – but we can use old book covers to share our life experiences, our humour and our creativity. We will be breathing new life into unwanted books by creating new artworks with them.

Materials will be provided but you could also bring things with you if you wish, like old photos, or ephemera (like old tickets, letters, scraps), maybe even your favourite writing or drawing materials. Or any old images from magazines or books that you’d be happy to cut up to collage with.

No previous experience is necessary just allow yourself some time and space to play with your ideas, unwanted books and let your creativity flow. If you want to join me, just pop along at the times, libraries listed above.



For more about The Library Press:
http://www.librarypress.org.uk/

To see more of my collages made with withdrawn library books:
https://withdrawnbooks.wordpress.com/