Category Archives: learning

Catching the Memories and Passing on the Skills

Withy Arts’ new project, Catching the Memories and Passing on the Skills, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, has just started. One of the aims of this year long project is to teach participants the skills of basket making which were so important to Great Yarmouth’s past. The fishing industry used baskets in great quantities until plastic took over and for this reason, Great Yarmouth was a place of skilled craftsmanship.

For the first few weeks participants have been learning the basics of weaving in both willow and cane and in the process, made some beautiful objects, pictured below.

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Tension plates featuring the rosebud knot
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Making a tension plate
trays
Lovely trays
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Baskets with a Danish bottom

And finally, cane work…

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Cane baskets
cane flowers
A garden of flowers

Stitch in Time (Part Two)

We are working with a group from About With Friends, based in Cromer, continuing the Stitch in Time project whose starting point is the coast.

Our first session was a visit to West Runton to collect ideas and images to inspire us for our print making and stitching in weeks to come.

 

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Sara took photos for reference and we spent time looking at coastal features…

…plants and sea creatures…

What a great day…

The public involvement day was a roaring success. The weather was good so there were lots of people in the park enjoying the sunshine. Many people came to see the demonstrations and find out more about what the volunteers have been up to and learn about willow.

Several of our younger visitors helped with the scribble weave sculptures.

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or made willow stars

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The toilet block hurdle and the garden enclosure were both finished.

The new hurdle for the bin enclosure was started and volunteers demonstrated willow fish making and how to make the covers

We even had a canine visitor who was more interested in the water in the bucket than the willow itself to be honest.

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Proud volunteers and Withy Arts workers at the end of a delightful project.

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Preparing for Saturday

We spent yesterday evening preparing for Saturday’s public involvement day. The volunteers will be demonstrating their skills, talking to people about the project and the new woven things at the park and giving people the opportunity to do some weaving themselves.

We spent some time looking at what we like and dislike personally when we are being engaged as participants at events.