New Mills Project eARTh has started a lovely project with artist Lucie Maycock – creating beautiful cyanotypes, which we will then collage together. Participants place an arrangement of flowers, leaves or other items onto the cyanotype paper, and then leave them outside in the sunlight for 5 minutes. Once the leaves etc, are removed, the paper is washed and then it is magical watching the pictures transform, with the paper turning a stunning blue, and leaving a silhouette of whatever was placed on it. In the project, participants will add printing or collage to their work.
Buxton Project eARTh have just finished their Seed Exchange and Bilberry Bee workshops with artist Roisin O Connor (see below in our completed projects section) – and next week, will start a shadow puppet project with Tara Saunders from The Babbling Vagabonds Theatre Company, which we know will be great fun – making the puppets and creating a story.
A group of Project eARTh participants visited the Derbyshire Record Office on Wednesday 15th June , and met with our archivist, Robert Morris. In a lively two hour session, we learnt about the Record Office and how to access information – and looked at some past projects from High Peak Community Arts’ archive – including the ‘Heart of the Stone’, a community play created in Buxton in 1990. We are looking forward to our next trip on Wed 29th with another group from Project eARTh.
Our Buxton Project eARTh made the most amazing ceramic bilberry bees for Buxton Railway Station, and fruit, flowers and vegetables for our Seed Exchange for the Serpentine Community Garden, with artist Roisin O’Connor. The project coincided with#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek with its 2022 theme of loneliness, and we know our participants enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, the connections and friendships made through art.
Meanwhile, Project eARTh in New Mills were busy with their ceramics for Longdendale Environmental Education Centre with artist Helen Newman.
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