Wednesday 30 September 2015

The View From Here - Exploring the Montagu Monuments

Way off, across the fields, St Edmund's Church, Warkton forms part of our view from The Green Patch and the Abvondale / Grange estate. During the summer Carole went to explore the church, and the newly restored Montagu Monuments with Ann-Marie Sandos, the Learning and Outreach Officer at Boughton House.

Ann-Marie was very keen to involve both Back To Books 

and The Green Patch in a creative exploration 

We began by making collages using photographs of 
details of the monuments and adding drawings 

and paint to express aspects of the monuments.

We later went on to create our own

salt dough memorial plaques.

Thursday 17 September 2015

Sign Up For free Threads and Chatter Family Sessions!

As part of Back To Books Project The View From Here, Phiona Richards and I will be holding free Threads and Chatter sessions at a as yet to be determined venue in the Avondale Grange Ward. If you live in this area and would like to take part follow this link  and fill in the days that best suit you. These are free, family friendly sessions please add each adult and child that will be taking part. Particpants must live in the Avondale Grange Ward.

You can see some of the things we made at KBA and The Green Patch here and here

Please feel free to share the link with anyone else in the Avondale / Grange area you think might enjoy taking part.

This project has been made possible by funding from Health Belief - 51 Community Interest Companies raising money to address health inequalities across England, Scotland and Wales through The Health Lottery.

Thursday 10 September 2015

Solar Print Bags

Sue had found some small pillow cases at the local scrap store and suggested to Carole that they might make good eco friendly shopping bags. Carole had some solar paints in her box of tricks and sent the group out to collect interesting leaves, flowers and grasses to make our solar prints from. 

The fabric was dampened and the pint was applied 

the leaves and flowers were laid on top and the pieces were carefully taken out into the sun so the paint could work it's photo magic! There were a few tricky moments, the wind kept twitching at the fabric, moving the carefully places stencils, the sun rain in and out of the clouds and finally everything had to be brought back inside as it began to rain!

After the shower passed and the sun returned the bags to be were taken out again to complete the developing process. We managed to create some beautiful, almost under water images and it was intriguing to see which leaves worked best.

we attached handles

stamped on The Green Patch

and left them ready to be fixed with a hot iron.