I have been super busy this week with preparation for Propagate- an event bringing together local food producers and business. Today I have been putting the finishing touches to the screen printed menus- here is a view of my messy working!!
and look at all the amazing food that has been delivered by Glasgow's community gardens for the buffet tonight!
I'm working with Glasgow Local food network at the moment on some resources about growing your own food. On a particularly sunny day I went down to Woodlands Community Garden to do some drawing, and collect some delicious edible flowers...perks of the job! This is a really exciting project- I'm interested in exploring Glasgow's local food revolution further in a personal project I am about to begin, more info soon!
Courtesy of the lovely Helik van Rynswould, take look at her great work here
What an amazing time we had at Moving Minds, the opening mini-festival for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. We were running a weaving workshop (myself and my glamorous assistant, Sarah). We asked people to contribute to our, for want of a better title, 'Tapestry of powerful feelings'! I have posted a few photos here, but there will be more because the paparazzi where active all day!
The theme of the SMHAFF this year is Power. This is a really exciting in terms of its wide range of meanings- we could think about politics, autonomy, rights, voices and levels of mental health. What we chose to focus on was how powerful our emotions, or feelings, can be, and how it is often these most powerful of feelings that we consider when we are talking about mental health.
We asked people to think about a situation in their lives, or an experience they have had, which was particularly powerful emotionally. We then asked them to respond to this experience in colour- using fabrics, bead, buttons and wool. This sounds so simple- but everyone got so involved! It was incredible to see the results. One of the most powerful parts was the little tag we asked people to contribute to communicate what experience they were thinking of. From births, deaths, psychosis and war- no one shied away from engaging with truly powerful moments. I feel so privileged to have been given such insight into people’s lives! Thank you everyone who contributed, and Sarah, who is amazing and explaining things and engaging people. And Thank you also to the Felin Uchaf Centre in Wales, who donated the wood that the loom is built from.
Now that I have graduated I have plenty of time to fill with exciting projects! I have a few design commissions in the pipeline but in the mean time I am being entertained by my new mentoring programme with the amazing Impact Arts. Impact offer a really wide range of community arts initiatives and I am really excited to be being supported by the for the next six months. Fist stop is my individual placement with Elderpark raft Cafe, which I start tomorrow.
Watch this space!
After a year studying at the Glasgow School of Art I have graduated with my Masters of Deisgn, with a specialism in Illustration. The degree show was great fun and thankyou to everyone who bought my work!
In the build up to refugee week I have been working with a number of community organisations who work with refugees and asylum seekers to create a zine exploring themes of Welcome. The zine will be co-produced with a variety of people- refugees and asylum seekers currently living in Glasgow,local people in the community, and Students of Glasgow School of Art.
In the coming months I will be bringing all of this work together to create a Zine which will include stories, ideas, poems, and artwork.
On the 22nd of May, a few weeks before the Zine’s launch, I ran a drop in workshop, along with some amazing helpers, in the Vic where we worked with students to contribute content to the zine and work on it’s curation.
I have been having an amazing few weeks working with the GCIN mapping group. I have worked with them on a few workshops- looking at drawing landmarks, drawing out trails and bring all the information they had collectd toegther into a zine
"Together with Josie Vallely our mappers this week created a zine about Govan. Using drawings, stencils, transfers and text they created a booklet with places they'd recommend to people who are new to Govan. Get your own copy from the PI soon..."
This is the start of a longer project developing Zines with Lots of different people all over Glasgow, as part of Refugee week 2014. Watch this space for more info!