Tag Archives: Plumstravaganza

Dipping into The Spiral Garden again

The Spiral Garden hosted another swap/sell/donate event as part of Plumstravaganza. The early arrivals had the chance to taste a delicious German apple cake with crumble topping made by Maggie, washed down with a cup of coffee. Soon, however, there were brown turkey figs and crystal apple cucumbers (a heritage variety bred in Australia in 1933) from people’s gardens to sample as well. The home made raspberry jam was sold in a trice by those who already knew how good it was from last year.

A good selection of assorted plants to swap or to buy were brought into the garden by visitors and before long the central table was covered in a sea of foliage before gradually dwindling as purchases were made and plants were found a new home.
Numbers were up on last year and those who came stayed for longer than last year, seeking advice and exchanging information, but also enjoying the social occasion. The power of the social media helped to pull in people from different sources but the Art Plumstead mailing list played its part. There were flyers advertising Good Food in Greenwich and the Cookery Clubs offered by GCDA, held down by painted stones, such a big thing everywhere last year, and revived latterly by a public spirited soul in Plumstead

Waxing Lyrical about Watercolours

IMG_20181215_132245

A chance to mass-produce Christmas cards

IMG_20181215_132323

All similar but all different

The theme for the last watercolour session of the year at St Marks during the Plumstead Community Market was how to capture winter scenes. It was a particularly well-attended session with just enough room for everyone who came. There was a selection of suitably snowy pictures for the benefit of anyone who hadn’t brought their own to work from. Several people used candles to create a wax resist while others used masking fluid as they had been taught several workshops ago. Luckily for us, the heating was working more effectively than in the main hall with the consequence that everyone who came into the room exclaimed at how warm it was.

IMG_20181215_132341

IMG_20181215_132928

IMG_20181215_142342

Andrew showed how he had produced his Christmas card for this year by basing his composition on a standard landscape scene and then imagining it covered in snow, inventing the colours. Usually there is an air of intense concentration but as it was the last class of the year a more lighthearted atmosphere prevailed with a bit more good-natured chatter than usual. In spite of this a number of accomplished paintings were produced. Now that most regular attendees have built up a body of work, the idea of participating in the Open Studios during Plumstravaganza was mooted.

IMG_20181215_132805

IMG_20181215_132854

Not a woodcut, but a watercolour, showing the source material

IMG_20181215_142327

Based on another picture, but with new colours imagined

IMG_20181215_141756

A relaxed atmosphere at the last watercolour class of 2018

With half an hour to go before the end of the market, homemade spicy apple cookies, shortbread and a selection of chocolates were produced, all washed down with a bottle of sherry and a bottle of port for the benefit of anyone who fancied a festive drink. A couple of regulars who hadn’t been able to participate this time also dropped by and socialised, before we all packed up and went home in the perishing cold and rain.

IMG_20181215_132746

A Maxfield Parrish moment, but not based on one of his pictures!

IMG_20181217_154410 (1)

Local street scene after rain, working from mobile phone

Volunteering to Share Ideas

IMG_20180903_191442

The blood, sweat and tears of everyone involved in planning Plumstead Make Merry

img_20180903_192050-e1539724904480.jpg

Conceptual Art is a serious business

IMG_20180903_192206

The first concept is explained

Art Plumstead hosted its second pop up Conceptual Art show in the garden of the Volunteer on Plumstead High Street. When it was launched last year, the intention had been to debunk the idea of conceptual art by sending it up. In the event, all the pieces had been carefully considered and encouraged serious thought and discussion.

IMG_20180903_191516

Mottainai – tribute to Japan or cultural appropriation?

IMG_20180903_191918

How to have a reasonable debate

IMG_20180903_194112

Plumstead – please don’t judge a book by its cover!

This year an equally thought-provoking collection of exhibits was assembled with displays exploring the power and meaninglessness of advertising, waste in the fast fashion industry, the unfairness of judging a book by its cover, how something entirely false can be used to accomplish positive ends and the dichotomy between the desirability of slimness in one part of the world compared to another. A good proportion of the exhibits didn’t seek to establish one absolute view over another but to air an idea and encourage a balanced opinion. The pictures and text can only hint at the meaning behind the art pieces presented on the evening, and the only way to fully appreciate them was to have been there.

img_20180903_191521-e1536077655433.jpg

Same world, different problems

IMG_20180903_191559

So, which one came first?

20180903_191441

They are their own work of art

img_20180903_195244.jpg

Real or fake – and does it really matter?

By the end of the evening, a range of theories had been aired and examined through animated conversation, all accompanied by a drink or two. There was plenty of non-art related chatter at the same time because after all, participation in Plumstravaganza is entirely voluntary.

IMG_20180903_191541

Luckily, Alison was on hand to see that no Crimes against Art were committed

 

 

More Treasures Unknown

IMG_20170416_160556590_HDREvery Community Market since January has seen the monthly watercolour workshop move from ‘beginners’ to ‘improvers’ – they will be selling a selection of their cards and paintings at the Make Merry – but the 5th annual Easter Quiz Crawl (see pics of the gleeful winners) launched the warm weather season of Art Plumstead activities and reminded those who have been in at the start that we will have reached our 5th Anniversary on September 2nd, right in the middle of Plumstravaganza 2017.

IMG_20170416_160604160_HDROnce again, Karen managed to find a different part of Plumstead to be the setting of a trail combining anagrams of local streets and questions to answer about places seen en route. There were also a few random sights to be spotted and identified. To make it slightly easier they were all in sequence, but no team managed to spot all of them. The teams set off from The Star and meandered round the back streets to journey’s end. At the final count, there was only one point between the scores of the first and second teams. For the second team, it was a bitter pill to swallow, but it was metaphorically washed down with a few pints in The Old Mill.

IMG_20170416_160610672It is about to get busy in the Art Plumstead Calendar, starting with the Tree Trail in Workhouse Wood, and if you aren’t already on the mailing list, the simplest way to be kept informed is to sign up using the contact form at the bottom of the Art Plumstead home page.

 

Plumstravaganza 2016! From Little Pips…

Plumstravaganza mtg Erik pic 2….an orchard can grow. The Old Mill is where Plumstravaganza 2016 was first thought of. Building upon the concept of a Plum Trail, Art Plumstead members conceived the idea of a fortnight of events around Plumstead at the special time of year just as Summer shifts into Autumn.

Plumstravaganza mtg Erik pic1Plumstravaganza mtg Erik pic 4The Open Meeting that followed a week later allowed interested parties to come along, have the concept explained and consider where and how to be involved. It will allow anyone and everyone who ‘gets’ the idea to be part of a bigger event which is about creativity and community. It won’t be about chasing funding, but will be about having fun. It’s true that we live in the environment we create, and Plumstravaganza 2016 will be a means of recognising that and showing pride in the local area. It will also be a way of linking up with like-minded individuals and discovering more about what is happening here in Plumstead.Plumstravaganza mtg Erik pic 5It wasn’t all work and no play, though. What these pictures don’t show is that after an hour or so of thinking around the theme of Plumstravaganza 2016, the meeting was over and everyone kicked back and discussed all sorts of interesting subjects that had nothing to do with Plumstravaganza in a full on social chit-chat fest. Plumstravaganza mtg Erik pic 3If you want to find out more, look out for updates on facebook, and sign up to the Art Plumstead mailing list. Look out for the Plumstravaganza logo to be revealed soon!