Week 48: Pop ups shop and making stock.

 

This week all our groups made a big effort to produce stock to sell in the pop up shop. The shop is a collaboration between Space2Create, Creative Arts and South Lakeland Mind. The aims are to raise awareness of each organisation, raise funds and give purpose to the crafting and making of the groups. This will run till at least Christmas and maybe beyond.

The opening of the shop is at 11am on the 1st Of December upstairs in the Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal.

We are also starting to plan ahead for our open studio weekend with all the other artists at the Factory. On December 13th and 14th all the studios will be open with artists work on show and with the artists at work in their studios. Space2Create will be no different with us open and at work on creative activities.

 

2Create

Christmas was the order of the day. Everyone was very busy making items that we can sell alongside Creative Arts  and South Lakeland Mind in the Pop-Up Shop in the Westmorland Shopping Centre. The bauble making was very successful, using little silver balls, decorated with coloured wire, ribbon or paint. Others in the session made ingenious snowflakes from the hot glue gun, or printed cards and decorated stones. Come and see everything at the Pop-Up Shop (Grand Opening 11am on the 1st Decembe

 

Kentmere Ward

On the ward, we were again in festive mood, experimenting with decorations for Christmas-themed tags. We used basic thin tag shapes as templates, cut around them and then attached them to cards and papers of varying other colours and thicknesses, to make them more decorative and individual. We then used various art and recycled supplies together with stencilling to embellish the tags further. Seasonally enough, the odd decorated star even made an appearance, in what proved a very productive and enjoyable session.

 

Thursday Group

There was a mixed bag of activity with one person making handmade Christmas Cards, another sowing an installation and one person creating comic art. Most of the group were making bird feeders. They were threading peanuts onto wire, shaping them into different arrangements and then tidying up the ends with Rafia. They were also decorated with bows for the festive season These are intended for sale in the pop up shop in the Westmorland Shopping centre in collaboration with Creative Arts and South Lakeland Mind.

 

WellArt

The group used a style from a piece of art work by JimDogArt. Using complicated tangles, blocks of colour and black outlines. The group drew in pencil thiier design, then painted them with acrylics in blocks of colour. Finally they started to outline the images in black pen but tried to add thickness and round corners off to give a feel of more depth to the image.

Week 47: Pop up shops, decorations and frames

This week has seen a bit of a production drive as we prepare things to go to the Mayors Christmas Coffee Morning and also to a pop up shop collaboration. We are working with Creative Arts and South Lakeland Mind to run a pop up shop in the Westmorland shopping centre to promote all three organisations. Handmade creative and art items will be there to see or make donations for. The shop opens from this week with the official opening at 11am on Monday 1st December.

There have been some really good creative sessions this week in Studio 31 with people making good use of the new fascilities to explore their ideas and create work. Having our own place has meant people are more willing to undertake projects over a longer time as we don’t need to clear it all away!

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WellArt

The session  was a mixed bag as people finished off their frames from last week, some made items for the pop up shop and others did their own thing! It was a really busy session with lots of creating going on. Some great ideas for cards and decorations. Some of the frames are nearly done and ready to hang up.

Kentmere Ward

On Kentmere Ward, we experimented with modroc shapes, many of which eventually acquired some Christmas theme or use. As in the Studio sessions, we wrapped and moulded modroc around tinfoil and masking tape shapes to create objects looking like (for example) presents and snowmen or birds and rabbits, most of which were designed to hang from a festive tree. One participant even managed to paint his gift shape in the time available, creating a fantastic decoration in the process. During the creative process, participants discussed the memories associated with their shapes, from Christmas Day routines to children’s television characters, in what proved to be a very lively and engaging session.
Thursday Group
A very productive session today as everyone was making items to sell in the Pop up shop collaboration between Space2Create, Creative Arts and South Lakeland Mind. Some lovely cards were crafted and tree decorations. Others worked on their own textile projects, a sheep and some work for an art installation.
2Create
Today in 2Create we started making items to go in a pop up shop in the Westmorland Shopping Centre as part of a collaboration with Creative Arts and South Lakeland Mind. We were making cards and some quirky Christmas tree decorations from wire, beads and odd bits.

 

Week 46: Open Day, creative activity and an exhibition!

It has been a good week for Space2Create. We had our open day on Saturday to which loads of people came to look round with overwhelmingly positive feedback about our new gallery and studio at The Factory. The Mayor, countcy councillors and funders came to have a look too. We held our regular sessions and also started our Open Studios sessions. If there is a volunteer free to supervise and the unit is not being used then we are opening up the studios for people to come along and be creative. Check our Facebook page and the Open Studio section here to see dates and times as they come up. We are also looking for new volunteers too after a couple of our regulars have moved on to jobs working in art or psychiatric nursing. We are looking for people with various skills. Being able to run creative sessions, help with admin and gallery work or just coming to sessions to support service users by talking and listening. If you are interested then get in touch through our contact us section.   Open Day What a great day today for our open day! We had loads of visitors all impressed by the New unit and artwork on display. The Kendal mayor Tom Claire called along with councillor Graham Vincent. We also saw loads of artists, service users and people interested in working with us. Many thanks to everyone involved for their hard work in getting the place ready. I slipped up a bit and managed not to take any photos!

2Create In 2Create we looked at the styles of artists working around 2890 through to 1910, Van Gogh, Boccioni, Kerchner, Picasso and Derain. We discussed their work and the styles and how they were innovative at the time of painting. We then set out to create an image based on one of those.

Kentmere Ward

On the Kentmere Ward all the artwork the group produces has been getting a bit untidy so this session the group tidied up and recreated. We took all the many bits off the wall , tidied up the Blutack blobs and worked on different colours ...recycling a lot of the past pieces of art. It was a companionable and intriguing session..with visitors and old friends dropping in to see what we were up to .  We left the place looking much better for our art making !
Thursday Group
Mod rock (or alternatively, modroc!) was the theme of the day. One of our Volunteers ran the session, showing us how to create small birds from tinfoil, and then covering the shape with modroc. This was really informative, and she took time to show us how to achieve the shape that we needed. Others then went on to make penguins and a nativity scene as well as birds; still others in the group drew and needle felted. It was lovely to have someone who really understood the shape of birds to lead us, so we could feel a real sense of achievement. A very supportive session.
DeafArt
This week the DeafArt group were experimenting using bright acrylic colours on dark paper to make firework like designs.
WellArt
We have several old frames that have been donated so we decided to be creative with them. We looked at creating some 3D images spilling out of the frame and on different themes. The group were full of creative ideas. and we were looking at taking a few sessions to work on them. The images here are definitely works in progress.

 

Week 44: Group art, poppies and getting ready

 

This week we started getting sorted more. The hanging system turned up so we can start putting up the rails ready to hang our first exhibition. We carried on with the poppy them too. Some poppies commemorating each soldier from South Lakeland who was killed in the First World War created by a group from the Comic Art Festival inspired our clay ones based on the Tower of London poppies. We are now getting ready for our opening day event 10-3 on Saturday 8th November.

 

2Create

In the 2Create session this week the group worked on a large group piece to put in our gallery involving mixed media squares joined together. Ant worked on a wall painting inspired by Magritte

Kentmere Ward

On the ward, we began by decorating small cakes with poppies, rolled out and shaped from pieces of coloured icing. We then progressed on to creating more decorated lettering using a variety of media, which all participants thoroughly enjoyed. The atmosphere was informal and fun, with plenty of ideas generated for future sessions.

Thursday Group

In this weeks session, there was the usual mix of interesting activities. Some participants worked on hand-made fabric sewing kits; others needle felted, whilst some carried on with the miniature houses and one participant drew. The sessions are always inspiring, as there is so much being created and so much talent on show, as well as so many ideas for future activities.

WellArt

In the session, there was a lovely mix of creativity. Some people continued to make clay poppies, whilst others painted the dried ones made last week. Some participants drew and painted; others created collages of their feelings around S2C, and one participant even hand sewed tiny mice. It was wonderful to see so many people in our new space!

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