Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Residency: Day 2


I am currently volunteering at Gallery TS1, Middlesbrough, as an assistant on the Arts Apprenticeship scheme, whilst I am there I shall be helping the young NEET people with their arts awards, taking photos of work, assisting the artists with preparing and tidying the space, also making samples for workshops and overall try to ensure that the days run smoothly. Hopefully I shall deliver a knitting workshop also if theres time.

Day 2: Badge making and soft toys

Today I worked alongside Nicola Parkin, in the morning the young people were set the task of making badges using collage, as inspiration they were shown a postcard in which a mans head was replaced with a birds, there was a wide selection of magazines to choose - ranging from reptiles, bodybuilders, graphic design, gossip magazines. I feel this was successful as although they only had one piece as a starting point the young people came up with many different results, not one of them had similar outcomes.

From this they then went onto using the badge machine to discover how they can make a small, saleable object from their creations, they seem really impressed with how quick and easy it was to do, despite some minor problems with the machine its self. The badges they created should be in the gallery's shop relatively soon too, to show a rapid turn-around.

In the afternoon the focus was on making simple soft toys and seeing/developing what sewing skills the young people had, as I specialise in textiles I felt as though I could affectively help the young people and answer any queries they had about sewing. Unfortunately we ran out of time and they were unable to finish their toys, but they should be completed tomorrow.

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