All the groups seemed very bust this week. In fact at times it is starting to feel cramped. Hopefully we will be in our new studios soon at the Factory in Kendal where we can spread out and be even more creative! As I looked around and listened to the conversation at the groups I was at during the week I was struck by one consistent and recurring impression. That although all the people in the room were struggling with life, with illness, severe and debilitating problems; they were all sat chatting, smiling, helping each other and themselves raise their mood and give themselves a boost. They were achieving something. From just being there and getting out to being with a group of people. It is hard to realise just how difficult it can be to face the world when your problems seem so vast and overwhelming. This is what Space2Create does. It puts the smile on peoples faces, it gives a sense of achievement, it makes you feel wanted and not alone, it gives a respite from the issues that loom large, it gives people hope they can move forward and it allows people to leave feeling much better than when they arrived. Running gives me the biggest boost I have ever had from doing anything.
Also this week we decided, after a six week trial, to make DeafArt part of the regular service we offer at Space2Create. Ant and Greer have done a brilliant job in getting it started.
Chair and Creative Manager
The 2Create group worked towards finishing their abstract canvas. It has been an enjoyable project with many of the group noting how much better it is painting on canvas than paper. A range of styles were in evidence from the Pollock-influenced splatting to the more stylised representations of form. Ant did his own tribute to the late Rik Mayall.
On the ward we decided to do printing using polystyrene tiles. An image is drawn onto the tile, and then drawn over again and again to leave a strong indentation. Water-based ink is then spread onto a flat surface, and the tile is pr…essed onto the ink, image down. The inked tile is then lifted off and placed onto a card, and again pressed down to now print the image. We chose this style of printing for various reasons: it is simple to do; produces very pleasing effects, and can be reproduced at home. As one participant stated, they felt that they had learnt something new during the session, and would try it again when they got home. As can be seen from the images, it was a very successful session.
In the DeafArt group Ant showed how to use masking tape to mask out areas before painting to produce interesting shapes and images. It also gives you a nice clean sharp edge.
The Thursday session was busy and very creative as always. One of our new participants wanted to try something she had never done before and liked the look of needle felting. This was a wonderful opportunity for one of our other participant…s, who was experienced in this technique, to explain the process to her and another participant. They both produced some beautiful work, and one participant stated that she was going to carry on with this technique at home. It was also a great experience for a member of the group to teach another participant, and she stated that she had really enjoyed that opportunity to pass on her knowledge. As always, there was lots of individual work being produced today. As the photos show, participants worked on needle felting, sewing, drawing, sketching and rag rugging. It was also wonderful to have a participant who had gone on to take a course at art college join us for the morning, and share her great news of winning an award for her work! A great session.
A mix of things today. Some people finished off the Mondrian images from last week Others worked on a heraldry project. Most were planning for the Comic Art Festival designing character, building stories and steampunking Kendal.