Sunday, 28 February 2016

A FANTASTIC DAY!!!

28th February 2016

Last night I prepared some rust/eco dyed fabrics....

......cotton fabric soaking in a solution of 50% white vinegar/water with a small piece of copper tubing...


....the steamer, this must be the secret to success as boiling does not give the same results....


....ferns and very fine pieces of wire wool...


....fabric folded and rolled tightly around a thin copper tube...


....tied with string....


....leaves and small strands of wire wool....


...rolled/tied/clamped...


....old rusty bolts/screws and metal....


....folded and rolled around a wooden rolling pin...


....all placed in the steamer for about 45 minutes...


....the fern...


....leaves....


...bolts...


...after washing...


...fern after washing...


...close up...


leaves/wire wool after washing...


...I am HOOKED on this process, can't wait to try out a variety of leaves and flowers!!

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Today helped make the 'living willow stage' for the park drama production of people's memories....

....from this...


.....the expert gardeners weaving the circular top...



....Ben and granddad marking out the shape...



....part of the woven circle...


...all hands on deck...







....Radio Lancashire came and we were all interviewed...



...taking shape...


...Enis and Alan....


....Stuart and Bradley( a student at Myerscough College )...


....from the centre of the stucture looking up....



...so glad the weather was good...



.....finished and ready to grow....


....Alan and Bradley, the experts and amazing guys!!


I will be posting regular updates on the progress of our living stage!

Hope your weekend was as good as mine!!


Ben, member of the youth committee of the park made this time lapse video, I am the one in the red anorak....


via YouTube Capture
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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Unwrapping Bundles!!

27th February 2016

Woke up early and decided to have a peek at the bundles of cloth, I was excited to see the results of our play session yesterday!!


Avocado skin strips, we ate the avocado for lunch, and some nails wrapped around a rolling pin...



....close up of rusted screws...


....lovely shades....


.....eucalyptus leaves found under the tree in Kew, I froze them, these were folded in the fabric and with small strands of wire wool then wrapped around a plastic ruler...


.....wire wool and nails rolled and tied...


....wire wool pleated in cotton cloth...



...before removal of wire wool, very messy so needed rubber gloves....


.....results after washing and rinsing, still wet....

...avocado/nails...


....nails/wire wool..



....eucalyptus leaves and a little wire wool...

....this is my FAVOURITE....


....pleated cotton wire wool....


....I feel a new 'addiction' coming on!!

Off to the park this afternoon to help make coffee/tea for visitors telling their stories.

Have a good weekend.