Thursday, 20 March 2014

Craft bomb Ashford

Yarn bombing inspiration by the brilliant Magda Sayeg, image found on
Patternblank blog
I'm helping the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise (CCE) prepare a special art installation for Artigras - Ashford's new festival of arts and creativity (16th - 17th May), the installation will involve a group of local crafters and creatives craft bombing the high street! The festival itself is a celebration of Kentish creativity, with local artists, crafters, street performers and musicians providing entertainment, activities and stalls to enjoy in the heart of Ashford for two days.


Knitted baulstrade - image found on Linzi Loop
Inspired by yarn bombing and guerilla crochet projects globally, we are currently recruiting volunteer crafters to help us create crochet, knitted and fabric crafts which we'll use to decorate areas of the high street for the festival. Volunteers don't need to have any particular crafty ability - we're putting together inspiration projects that even the most craft-averse can take part in. We'll be creating large and small pieces, including pom-poms, cute little creatures and motifs which will be combined into a stunning, colourful display for Artigras. After the festival, the installation will be dismantled and all pieces will be repurposed for good causes (details TBC).


Yarn bombed bike - image found on yarn-bombing.com
Interested in getting involved? Here are a few ways you can help:

1) Join Melissa Dawkins (of Aye Aye clothing) and I for our 'craft bombing special' craft club at CCE on Tuesday evenings throughout April (starting 1st April, 6.30pm - 8pm). Free to attend, we'll have a load of materials and crafty ideas to hand - come along for a cup of tea, a few biccies and some crafting time with some like-minded creatives. Feel free to bring your own ideas if you have any, but we'll have a few projects and tools to hand if you don't.

2) If you're not local but would like to take part, please send donations of crafted items to Betsy Aidinyantz, CCE, St John's Chambers, St John's Lane, Ashford, TN24 8TF. Remember to include your name, email address and postal address so that CCE can thank you for your contribution. 

3) If you have any crafty materials (especially yarns and fabrics) that you think you'll never use, we're happy to take donations and put them to use in creating the installation. Please send these to Betsy Aidinyantz, CCE, St John's Chambers, St John's Lane, Ashford, TN24 8TF. Remember to include your name, email address and postal address so that CCE can thank you for your donation.

As resident crochet-er at CCE, I've put together a couple of simple patterns for anyone who wants to donate crochet pieces to use as inspiration - a starburst motif and a basic little owl, (select 'file' > 'download as' > 'PDF', to download a PDF of each pattern):



I hope to see you at our next craft-bombing craft club on 1st April (details above) - if you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line emmajane[at]cakesandcatwalks.com

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