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Midsummer Madness

Msummer birdmaking afterwardsThis year Art Plumstead decided to stay put instead of devising a promenade performance. It was just as much fun, but all in one place, on Winn’s Common. There were three different workshops running concurrently, aimed at all ages, because adults need to play too! The first activity was making a paper cockatoo, embellished with additional feathers and optional beak. As people finished, they were free to choose which of the next two activities they wanted to try next, which made space for the steady stream of new arrivals.

Msummer birdmaking 1Msummer birdmaking 2The second workshop was all about quick sketching in unfamiliar ways, such as with eyes closed, scribbling constantly to create a tonal study of the landscape, or using the opposite hand from usual. To end, everyone was invited to make a life study of Andrew, the facilitator, using all the skills that they had practiced so far. The final workshop was an informal group exercise that allowed freestyle weaving of natural materials onto a framework of branches prepared by Marje .

Msummer sketching 1Msummer sketching 2Msummer sketching 3Msummer sketching 4Msummer weaving 1Msummer weaving 2After all that sitting around it was time for a bit of physical activity in the form of dancing with partners, led by John and Erik, who were suitably dressed for the occasion. Weaving a bit of humorous banter into their teaching, they managed to coach the group through a routine involving steps, kicks and doh-si-dohs. To round off the festivities, we all adjourned to the Art Plumstead pop up bar, where snacks and drinks were on offer.

Msummer dancing 2

Msummer dancing 1Msummer dancing 3

Knit Nurse

At Art Plumstead we try to put on events for folk to be creative, to try something new or to brush up their talents. Oh yes, and fun! Our recent Knitting Workshop (held at the Community Market) was such an event. It covered the basics from casting-on and simple knitting, to stocking-stitch, to cable-stitch. If that didn’t have you in stitches there was also a drop-in help-centre for people to check on their technique (had they got their purl in a twist?), to stock up on supplies and to ask the more esoteric knitting questions such as how to pick-up stitches and beyond. Knit Nurse for the day was Gill Loader, who has taught knitting skills on a professional basis. As well as dispensing purls of wisdom, she also brought along examples of her own work from knitted dogs to shoulder bags. If the sound of this is making you reach for your needles fear knot as Gill intends to hold a monthly knitting meet up at the Old Mill. If you are interested please contact us at artplumstead@yahoo.co.uk and we will let Gill know.

Our Second Christmas Market 2014

IMG-20141213-00835Business was steady to brisk at the second Christmas Plumstead Community Market, and the Art Plumstead stall had its fair share of customers.

IMG-20141213-00834The newly cleaned Art Plumstead cloth, having been purged of the post-competition residues of the Pickle Festival was (mostly) sparkling clean and set off the wares to good effect. A range of festive wreaths in two sizes to suit all tastes occupied one of the side tables and attracted buyers from the outset.

IMG-20141213-00838We were selling right up to the end of the market and as a result will face 2015 with a healthy balance to finance our activities in the New Year. We will be repeating the ideas we know are popular and successful, giving a new spin on others, and trying out some completely new ones. Come along to find out what we are doing and to be part of the Plumstead creative vibe!IMG-20141213-00844

Typical Weather for the Make Merry 2013

Rose and Roy preparing for rain

Rose and Roy preparing for rain

The forecast had suggested there would be ‘intermittent showers’ on the day of the Make Merry. That was an understatement, or rather, a lie. Luckily, we had a gazebo and blankets to cover the goods when the heavens opened, and thanks to mobile phones and local contacts, we were able to rustle up additional tent pegs when it soon became clear, within minutes of setting up the gazebo, that without them it would become airborne. Even so, Roy and John spent a good deal of time holding onto the canopy, just in case.

John sees the funny side of it, while Erik looks out at the scene of desolation

John sees the funny side of it, while Erik looks out at the scene of desolation

The first big downpour came at about lunchtime, just after Rose had erected a beach shelter to tempt the punters to buy it. Instead, it became an additional refuge with the rain lashing down. Once the rain cleared after about twenty minutes, everyone stopped huddling morosely under the nearest gazebo and continued going from stall to stall. Immediately the atmosphere changed, as everyone started chirruping. Attendance was pretty good, in spite of the rain. We had a variety of hand-made items for sale, as well as plants, books, DVDs, CDs and selected ‘objets d’art’. Maggie had run up some bunting from samples of American cloth, and our logo was prominently displayed on laminated boards. To keep the troops going, some wise APs had brought food and hot coffee.

The novelty has now worn off!

The novelty has now worn off!

We also ran a free ‘Urban Sketchers’ style event, inviting visitors to the stall to have a go at capturing anything that caught their fancy on an A5 card and bringing it back by 4pm, before it was taken down the hill to be judged by Tim Cousins, a local artist exhibiting this year as part of Greenwich Open Studios. Both Erik and Karen were placed in the top 4. And we did raise a bit of profit. So, in spite of the rain, and the gusty wind, it was a good, albeit wet time had by all.

Nicky proudly displays her winning sketch, certificate and print of The Slade

Nicky proudly displays her winning sketch, certificate and print of The Slade