Friday, 4 July 2008

planning a felting project with Plantation at The Portal

Galgael was asked by Plantation Productions in Govan whether we could facilitate a 2 month felting project as part of their mental health community network art project. Laryna and Anneruth went along to meet Angela at The Portal in 978 Govan Road to see the venue and discuss requirements.

It is a new project for Plantation Productions, and will be part of preparing for an exhibition at the beginning October, sourcing the material from 4 art projects: filming, animation, ceramics and felting.

We also the ceramic studio next door, called Deepfired and owned and run by Julia. It feels great to have a real craft workshop there right in the centre of Govan...

We have accepted the commission and are now getting our heads together to plan the project which will be launched on the 'taster session day', Wednesday the 30th June with a two hour introduction to felting which is to enthuse participants to sign up for the 8 weeks course starting on the 4th of August.

Gathering ideas, Anneruth was very pleased to be able to visit later on at home the Penicuik art in health group (remember the felting exhibition from May?) and see how they work their felting project. She learned that the brilliant big banners there ( see this and this) were done by one woman over the period of several months with just a few hours per week, mainly through needle felting upon a prepared wet felted basis.
It was good to see how quickly the women there had taken to needlefelting and learn about the foam cushion (see the pictures here) ! Anneruth went straight to Dunelm to get one for the taster session at Plantation!

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