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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.

On Friday 8th April the Heart Gardeners opened their doors to visitors as part of the Silver festival. A number of people dropped in to look at our gardening project and the ceramics that we are currently making. A party of 8 from Love Walk Residential Home for the Disabled in Camberwell stayed for the whole session and both joined in with the gardening and the ceramics.

It was a lovely sunny day sow we were all able to have lunch outside and enjoyed a bowl of homemade pea and mint soup.

Our visitors just did not want to go home afterwards and we hope that we will see them again some time soon.

The Heart Garden opening day was also featured in Silver Festival’s catalogue, here for more details.

For more information, go to http://www.southwark.gov.uk/silver.

Fire-Etching WorkshopsWe recently ran two ‘Fire-Etching’ workshops as part of our Service Level Agreement (S.L.A) with Southwark Council. Southwark needed us to brand some signposts for Southwark Park but with the collaborative efforts of the local community.

Initially marketed as ‘Branding‘ workshops, we found despite a healthy turnout on our first session that many people were confused with the word ‘Branding’, associating it with the kind of branding you refer to in the marketing world. Our workshop was definitely much more exciting and hands on than this!

So, the workshop was rebirthed (over soup, bread and other grown tidbits from our garden) into ‘Fire-etching.’ I don’t like to brag (maybe just a little) but I came up with it thinking along the lines of scorching wood with fire.

The first session was held on Thursday 24th February and we were blessed with a rare day of sunshine (some warmth) and a bucket-loads of children to the playground. Easing participants to our outdoor fire-etching setup was then a question of safety as we could only have a maximum number of people etching at a time.

Our second session on the Saturday 5th March (you can’t have the same luck twice) was a gloomy and chilly day with not as much people turning up as the previous session but still a pretty healthy turnout. However, a more manageable number meant you could spend more time on one signpost, giving way to much progress that day. All in all, the two sessions bore very healthy results and participants found themselves intrigued and hooked onto ‘fire-etching.’

“What the heck is fire-etching?”

Here is a brief lowdown on ‘fire-etching’:

  1. Trace your design onto the wood using carbon paper,
  2. The carbon paper should be put under your design while you trace on it. Once done, it should leave a clear impression,
  3. Many iron rods with different types of heads are then left in the path of a live blow torch,
  4. Once heated enough and wearing very heavy-duty gloves, carefully and with a firm grip hold onto one end of the rod,
  5. One glove should be more heavily padded than the other, this hand should be the one holding the middle part of the rod (never hold the end which is heated up, it will be extremely hot and even with padded gloves, you will end up getting burnt!),
  6. Angling the heated end of the rod into a comfortable position, you can then ‘etch’ the design by carefully placing it onto the wood, essentially scorching the wood.

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St. Albans exhibition flyerIn 1977/78 I was 18/19 yrs old and at Herts College of Art and Design in St. Albans doing a foundation course in art. During this time, it was at the height of the Punk scene. I was a punkette and was already experimenting with deconstruction and recycling of clothes. The” Sex Pistols” had just played at the Art college and a local record company started up:” Waldo’s Record”s, calling all  teens to go out and form a band! So began a strong vibrant local  scene. Punks, skinheads, hippies, teddy-boys and the old Jamaican community all mingled together at “The Horn Of Plenty” pub to watch bands play every week.

A few of my drawings circa 1978 are being shown at the” Satellite” exhibition at the museum of St. Albans. They are fragments from a cartoon diary I made for the amusement of myself and my friends. They were never originally intended for public consumption, and not all of the material was suitable for the museum’s family clientele. However, to my delight, some pieces are included.

Details of the exhibition are found below.
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St Albans Punk & New Wave ’76 – 81′ is an exhibition focusing on the explosion of creativity that followed the appearance of the Sex Pistols at St Albans College of Art and Design.

The exhibition will be linked to a number of complementary events during St Albans musicCity.

Exhibition Details
The Museum of St Albans
Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Exhibition Dates
March 8 – April 2 2011
Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Admission Free

Acoustic New Wave Special hosted by Bill Johnson with Nick Stephenson, Gary Sear, Mark Lee and special guests

A collection will be made for Grove House
Satellite Exhibition
St. Albans ‘Music City’ Festival

We were all blown into the class by strong winds today but this didn’t stop anybody from turning up to paint. The group are working on studies for the upcoming Silver Views exhibition in April, with some of the students progressing enough to be able to move onto painting on canvases.

Here are just some of the comments from the group:

“I am enjoying this – not quite worked like this before.”

“I just learnt how to filter in sky – beautiful!”

“…friendly class – Im learning…”

“…interesting but I feel I’m not getting there – keeps your mind occupied…”

“Very frustrating!”

As you can see, there is mixed feedback, this just goes to show that this workshop can be as challenging and delightful in ways you didn’t know. On top of this, they all said I make a good cup of tea!

The Art Group painting workshop is held every Monday 11am – 1pm and is open to all those over 50 living on the Aylesbury or SE17. Run in partnership with Southwark Pensioners Centre (SPC). See our website for more details: www.artinthepark.co.uk

About Silver Views

Silver Views is Southwark’s celebrated exhibition for the over 60s. In addition to this, the April 8th-24th will feature a fortnight of events and acitivities happening across the borough and beyond. Silver highlights the creativity of its older community through performance and exhibition opportunities, as well offering a whole range of creative, cultural, learning, physical and social experiences.

For more information on http://www.southwark.gov.uk/silver or for a breakdown of some of the events, see Cafe Gallery where the exhibition is to be held.