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Congradulations to Art in the Park artist Leyla Folwell, whose beautiful artwork, ‘Head Space’ is currently on display at the Nolias Gallery exhibition ‘Games People Play’. Here are some lovely pictures of one viewer getting hands on with her work on the opening night!

Find out more about Leyla’s work and the exhibtion over on her blog.

I was commissioned by the Building Exploratory in Hackney to devise a replicable workshop using creative techniques appropriate to engage older people who face difficulties in later life with architecture and the built environment. I was allocated to Poplar day care centre in Tower Hamlets, which cares for frail and physically disabled older people and those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I made a textile wall hanging with the group of 10 users, using simple printing, image transfer and sewing techniques.

We are very pleased to have a new inspiration post from Art in the Park artist Bill Hudson!!

I am seeing…. more art, in gallery/studios around New Cross and Deptford on the SOUTH LONDON ART MAP tours on the last Friday of the month.

I am reading….about worm drives and centrifuge machines mostly driven by hand on the internet, I need to get one for my paint machines project.

The Elephant and Nun Festival 2011I am visiting…. Footscray Meadows in Bexley when I can.

I am thinking about…. designing and building 2 more paint machines for Elle Salt and my show, “AUTOMATE”  at  Talla Solais at Ullapool Visual Art, Ullapool  in their Project Space starting In early September this year.

I am cooking….more homemade Scotch egg, pea and mint croquettes this summer, great for picnic.

I am hearing…..a lot of helicopters going over London with the build up to this very busy summer in London.

I am making…. plans for printing some art books is summer, I want to start showing my drawings in book form and I should be doing more printing like screen printing of my art.

#drawingoftheweek is a personal project; I have been doing from the start of the year.
In the last few years I have being drawing in small sketch books or journals as I travel all over London, it’s a way for me to focus /mediate as I travel on London transport or often waiting for London transport.

The rules I set for this project are:
•    Post a drawing from that week’s set of drawing as part of #drawingoftheweek on twitter on Sunday or Monday.
•    When I start a drawing I must finish it, and only then it can be dated.
•    To record where the drawing was started and finished, i.e. on bus 321, train from Charing Cross or studio workbench.
•    I start each drawing the same way, I start by trying to blank out everything around me and see what marks are first to be made.
•    I never have any preset ideas how to finish a drawing; just keep drawing, until I think it finished.
•    Post one drawing every week of the year.

I find as I look back over the last 21 posted drawing, it’s like looking at my diary, I start to remember, things I was working on at the studio, people on the bus, long wet journeys’ home in winter, etc.

Have a look out for more #drawingoftheweek by following@wmhudsonarton twitter.

In 2011, Kitty Schuhard and I designed and delivered some very experimental workshops to an after-school club for teenagers with complex special needs.
We had 6 sessions, each one exploring one of the 5 senses: Touch, Taste, Smell, Sound and Sight- and the 6th session would be suggested by the group of young people themselves.

We focused on the experiential: An exploration of what can be felt and learned through the process of the activities, rather than working towards making competed, tangible pieces of art. In this way, we allowed each individual group member to connect in their own way and time.

A lot of the activities were about Trust: giving and receiving, gauging responses of self and others, and  learning the art of relaxation. They so enjoyed the relaxation and meditation techniques shared at the close of each session that they voted for “a chill-out party” to be the 6th and final workshop.

Each workshop was a vibrant, playful collision of art, science, therapy and play and an exploration and celebration of ourselves. We wanted the group to be stimulated, to interact, engage, relax and have fun.
We made Barefoot walks, sound mobiles and sound recordings, an improvised shadow-puppet show, clay sculptures, wore blind-folds, mixed herbs for our baths, made (non-alchoholic) healthy cocktails , U.V  and aromatherapy paintings – and lots of other things.

We received a glowing testimonial from one of the groups’ regular staff:
We would like to congratulate Jill and Kitty for their inspiring and rewarding workshops……..they have provided an excellent  approach of how to address the particular necessities of each member…enabling them to interact and to communicate with us….., revealing changes in behavior and helping to be calm….. a fantastic opportunity to see  the success of such workshops

I recently gave a talk At the Art in the Park studio about the project to students from Birkbeck College and I have been encouraged to write a Research Paper which I am currently doing. I would love to be able to further develop this kind of work with Kitty. We both feel that we can progress far with our ideas. Everybody got so much from this project.

We are very happy to have a new inspiration post from Art in the Park artist Andrea Sinclair. Andrea is a multi-disciplinary artist and co-founder of Art in the Park, and here she shares the sights and sounds which are currently inspiring her.

I am visiting….. Dorset, for my friend Gill’s birthday bash, 25 people in a beautiful Rectory near Bridport. I love Dorset, with it’s undulating landscape of subtle colours, amenable farmers (no keep out signs), and of course the dramatic Jurassic coastline. I took lots of photos of landscape, details and colours which I might use in my textile artwork.

I am thinking about…… Colour and texture in stone and the small organisms that live in and on it…lichens, mosses, insects, eggs. Sedimentary stone that holds ripples in sand from millions of years ago.

I am cooking…… Beetroot cake, with the last of the beetroot from my allotment. It’s delicious. This recipe won the Art in the Park cake competition, and we’ll be posting the recipe on the blog very soon… Try it!

I am hearing…… I did a lot of singing this weekend, as it was a very musical group of people at this party in Dorset. I sang a Czech song from our choir with my friend Nicoletta (song called Okolo). Check out our choir web-site on wingitsingers.webeden.co.uk

I am making…… A textile wall piece using my photos of stone as inspiration. I have used techniques of batik, fabric painting, machine and hand-embroidery and am currently adding some texture using needle felting.

I am seeing…… The beautiful Dorset landscape. I also saw the Grayson Perry, just before it finished and loved his diverse selection of objects and his down-to-earth comments about being an artist / craftsperson.

I am reading…… The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal, which is about small, exquisitely crafted objects and how they weave in and out of a spectacular family history.

In a new series of posts Art in the Park artists are going to be sharing some of the things which have been inspiring them recently and some of the sights and sounds getting them into a creative move. The first post of inspirations comes from our ceramicist Leyla Folwell.

I am seeing…… Must take this opportunity to say that TV is the ruination of society, throw it away – you will have better relationships.  TED talks are my favorite research media at the moment. Check this video out!

I am reading…… Eat,Pray,Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  It s beautiful, reminded me of my time in India and it also reminded me to just ask the Universe for help instead of trying to do it all on your own.  It works you know ; )

I am visiting…… I saw Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum.  I really loved it, brilliant demonstration of what inspires and artist and how that can manifest.  I enjoyed his playfulness, a pleasant release…  I can be too intense about my topics for my work. 

Very excited about seeing Picasso and David Hockney!

I am thinking about….. The Sketchbook Project

My chosen theme is Time & Distance,  I am doing a journey from home on the 188 bus to the British Museum (a bit Perry inspired) it is studies of people and artifacts and photographic record of the roads.  It s an exploration of reincarnated souls I think….

I am cooking…… Oh, I am not really I am living off soup, Cynthia’s rice & peas and Berroca vitamins! – I am usually better than this but just need things to warm up a bit so I can feel inspired again.

I am hearing…… My brother had a sort out in my parents roof and gave me my old cassette tapes – when I am driving I am enjoying the Scorpions and Judas Priest!!!! – I was a rebel lol!! As I type I am listening to Cat Stevens…. (retired rebel)

I am making…… Andrea http://www.artinthepark.co.uk/andrea-sinclair.html and I are making tiles for the Art in the Park bathroom.  I love working with other artists, it gets lonely working on your own all the time…. ahhhhhh………… he he ; ) tough life!

I am currently working in Acton Park creating a Story telling seating area.

In celebration of  the “Roots to the fruit project” as part of Black history month 2011.

I’ve been working with community elders and local children to create carved imagery for the Seating area.

The London Plane timber was donated by Ealing Council from a previously felled specimen.

The wood carves very well and has a distinctive grain pattern somtimes called lacewood due to its likeness to the patterns of lacework.

The project has been supported by Acton Arts Forum and The Apple Art block.

 The work is to be unveiled on Nov 5th 2011, 2-5pm.

More on my work at www.timnorris.co.uk

Received some amazing pictures last week from one of our artists, Jill Newman. The images are of the largest  ‘urban forest’ in the country, inside the Heygate Estate, Elephant and Castle.

It needs protecting from Southwark Council and property developers Lend-Leese who plan to demolish the old estate and build “luxury flats.” (Jill Newman)

Click here to see the rest of the images. I particularly like the black and white ones as it gives it a more magical quality, like a well-kept secret.