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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.

Rebecca ScottWe are now into our 9th post (including this one) of our series on the Heart Garden. Rebecca Scott our resident gardener and guest blogger provides us with very helpful and insightful gardening tidbits after each session.

About Rebecca

Rebecca Scott and Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Jill Newman run the Lottery funded scheme ‘Heart Garden.’ Together they plan and organise a variety of activities to help improve the health of those referred to the scheme. These sessions run every Friday.

Gardening is both a hobby and part of work for her as she not only provides much needed expertise in the field of horticulture for the Heart Garden but also works as an environmental educator at the Walworth Garden Farm, helping to train people in horticulture so that they can find employment.

You may have seen from our previous post on the prepping for the Christmas wreath-making workshop.

Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Bill Hudson, supported by several volunteers, ran a drop-in Christmas wreath-making workshop last saturday in the AIP studios. Using all natural or recycled materials such as clippings of plants such as Holly, Laurel and Ivy, provided by Southwark Parks, pine cones and seed pods and colourful and glittering fabrics, threads and wires.

There was a good turnout, with lots of families and a sizeable group of Young Friends of Burgess Park. Using the same materials people made large decorations to hang on the outdoor Christmas Tree outside Chumleigh Cafe and wreaths to take away for their own homes.

Here for more pictures.

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A busy day of blogging! In the studio today are Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Bill Hudson working on samples for this Saturday’s decoration and wreath making workshop. Various samples will be made to give participants a visual starting point for creating their own. The workshop is part of this sat’s event announcing the new Chumleigh Cafe name. There will also be mulled wine and minced pies!

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Featuring the famous wrapping of the William IV pub, the second in a series of retrospective blogs on past Art in the Park projects.

In 2007, Art in the Park was commissioned by Creation Trust to ‘wrap’ the derelict William IV pub.

This mammoth task involved a team of AiP artists, Bill Hudson, Tim Norris, Andrea Sinclair and Jill Newman, as well as collaborative effort from 3 local schools in the borough (Michael Faraday, Walworth Academy, Surrey Square Infants School).

The Concept and Construction

A jungle theme was decided upon and Bill and Tim went ahead to receive training on operating cherry pickers and Hilti guns (nail guns). The arctic camouflage, appropriately named ‘Camo Net’ was used to wrap the pub itself and came fire proofed from a specialist camouflage manufacturer. The artic camouflage is not actually used by those in the artic but it worked well for this project’s theme.

Artist Bill Hudson, the project’s coordinator explains,

The Arctic Camouflage highlights the details of a disused building thatwas one of the last pubs near Burgess Park. Usually Camouflage is used to hide or conceal something but Art in the Park is hoping to draw attention to a building which people would usually blank out because of its dilapidated state.

An Enchanted Forest theme was also used. Andrea and Jill headed workshops with local school children to develop the theme. The resulting artwork had been attached to the hoardings surrounding the building.

Drama!

The project had its ups and down, one occuring during the first few days of construction, with the Facelift cherry pickers breaking down midway! Artist Tim Norris found himself hovering several metres up unable to move! Luckily, Bill Hudson remembered the instructions given for such an incident and managed to rescue Tim. What drama!

Completion

All in all the project tooks two weeks to put up, with 1 1/2 of it on the actual wrapping and the rest spent on the artwork surrounding the building.

The result has transformed a derelict building into a local talking point. Artist and education workshop co-ordinator Andrea Sinclair, said,

We are reminding passers-by of its location in a rare green oasis in this part of London and giving a suggestion of its green and environmentally aware future.

Later in the summer, children from Michael Faraday School came to create further artwork for the building, working with a ‘dancers in trees’ theme.

For complete set of pictures of the project.

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