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Hyde Indoor Market artwork unveiled!

Following six months of consultations, workshops, meetings, fabrication and lots of sanding, the Hyde Indoor Market artwork was unveiled on Saturday 6th April.  As I’ve mentioned previously, the artwork consists of 3D letters which spell out the words ‘Hyde Indoor Market’, with each letter representing something different sold within the market.

In terms of fabrication the letters presented a variety of challenges as they all required different processes to complete them – these included mosaics, mould-making and casting, decoupage, illustration, knitting and painting to name but a few.  Detailed images of each letter can be seen here on the Woodend Artists flickr page but I’ve included a select few below.

Letter-O Letter-K Letter-E Letter-D

Hyde Indoor Market Artwork

Last year, myself and fellow artist Richard Dawson were commissioned by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC) to create some artwork for Hyde Indoor Market.  The aim of the commission was to increase knowledge and awareness of the market – we worked with the market tenants to come up with a design and concept and worked with local community groups to produce some of the artwork.

The final design is a sign that says ‘Hyde Indoor Market’, with each individual 3D letter depicting something sold within the market.  The letters are a mixture of box frames containing various items, are clad in objects or have graphics applied to their surface.

This is the letter N, which depicts the ladies wear, menswear, footwear and jewellery stalls with an illustration of a wardrobe and the items contained within.  The images show the first pencil drawing of the wardrobe and the inked-in versions and then the final one, which was scanned in, cleaned up in Photoshop and then colour rendered in Illustrator.  The final letter has a wood effect finish on the sides, with a printed vinyl applied to the front with the illustration on.

Illustration wardrobe

Illustration wardrobe Hyde Indoor MarketIllustration wardrobe completed Hyde Indoor Market

Waste Creative – an award-winning success!

Waste Creative Information Booklet

Waste Creative, the recycling project run by Woodend Artists and funded by Recycle for Greater Manchester has come to the end of it’s first phase. The project consisted of a series of workshops based around using rubbish creatively and culminated in the production of an information pack and DVD about recycling.  The project also included a visit to the Materials Recovery Facility in Manchester, composting workshops and choosing some local recycling champions.

The project was launched at New Charter’s head offices in Ashton-under-Lyne where we had an exhibition of all  the artwork created, gave out the completed packs and had a film premiere with the animations the group created.  All the groups and their parents were invited to the launch along with the press and the funders.

A week later the project won the ‘Love where you live’ award from national organisation and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Below are some images of the artwork created during the project…

Plastic Bottle Recycled Pig

Plastic Bottle Recycled Art Shark

Waste Creative Information Booklet 2

Have a look at the animations the kids created here…

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/53216286″>Waste Creative The Movie</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user14369968″>Woodend Artists</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Waste Creative starts

Woodend Artists have started the Waste Creative project with a series of workshops making  animal sculptures from recyclable materials.  Working with three different groups of young people from the New Charter estates in Mossley, artist Richard Dawson and myself, Jacqui Symons used milk bottles, plastic pop bottles and cardboard to create group sculptures of a wolf, a giraffe and an elephant and smaller individual sculptures.

The next part of the project is a visit to the Recycling Centre in Sharston, Manchester and then we’ll start to create an information booklet that will be for New Charter residents and will include information about recycling and what can and can’t be recycled.

The Big Green Recycled Queen

Myself and Richard Dawson worked with local kids to make this amazing sculpture to celebrate the Jubilee in Hyde Park, Manchester.  We made it in one day and everything is made from recycled materials (except for cable ties, brown tape and plastic tags).

The milk cartons mostly came from The Flying Teapot Cafe at Woodend Mill and the bottles from New Charter Housing Association.  A few of the group worked all day on the sculpture with others dropping in and out throughout the day.

Here’s the finished Queen after we had a mini-coronation…

Big green recycled queen

 

Working with your local partners and organisations

I’ve just been to a local youth partnership meeting and it’s caused me to reflect on the benefits of getting involved in your local community – in both a personal and professional capacity.  At the meeting this afternoon were: councillors, representatives of the (very active and successful)  residents association, housing association regeneration and community staff, youth workers / senior managers and various other bods, including me, an artist.

I’ve found getting involved and being active in your local community is a great opportunity to meet, not only local commissioners of community arts but also to develop stronger links, discover what’s going on in the area and gain advice and insight into projects and upcoming developments.  Its also a good way of highlighting your own projects and activity and sourcing help and support for your own work.

On a personal note, I learnt about a gardening group that a friend might be interested in and that the Council are currently doing a consultation on local libraries and they haven’t had much response.  So I’m off to the library this afternoon to wave my flag of support (not only is it brilliant for books but it’s a lovely warm place to work in too).

So – Tip of the Day: go to some local meetings.  It might take up an afternoon when you could otherwise be earning money but it’s worth it to network and meet the movers and shakers…

Quite the Culture Vulture

Fellow Woodend Artist member and artist Pat Baker invited me to the theatre this week.  We trotted off to see ‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.  Starring (predictably) just two actors, Justin Moorhouse and Victoria Elliot, the play is set in a pub whereby they play  the landlord and landlady and then a variety of characters / couples that come into the pub.  Justin Moorhouse is well known for his role in Phoenix Nights (the guy that spends the whole second series with his face painted as a tiger) amongst many other roles and comedy parts.

I really enjoyed it (for all that I don’t often go to see ‘normal’ acting plays) but was very glad I wasn’t sat on the stage level seating where Moth the smooth ladeez man attempted to try it on with almost every single person.  Very funny for the rest of us, though…

The stage design was very simple except for the chandelier that was created from a few hundred suspended pint glasses and tankards.  Looked great with the lighting and multiple piece suspended artwork is a format that always hits the spot with me.  I can’t find a picture of it but the designer was Amanda Stoodley.  Instead of an image of her work, here’s an image / detail of my suspended artwork…(dodgy connection, I know)

Together We Are Greater - suspended origami artwork by Jacqui Symons