A resourceful artist like me often collects all sorts of bits and bobs. For a few years this obsession has increased due to thought-provoking awareness of how dangerous our plastic rubbish is for the planet and all who live on it.
Over a period of time, I have managed to create a number of practical items using unwanted packaging and have created some interesting pieces of art too.
My husband and I are home-educators so these items are also very useful and help us raise planet-loving awareness through our children’s eyes. They are keen to clean-up our planet and prevent damage to the land, oceans and air above. The greatest part of their education for the way we care for our world was when being approached by a film crew whilst playing in a park on Weston-super-Mare seafront. The crew were filming for the Marine Conservation Society’s “We are the Marine Conservation Society” Campaign. This was a fantastic start to their Home-Ed journey. (Follow the link below to watch them, they are running on Weston beach at the very end of the film) As little creatives, I believe they will grow up to be as resourceful as myself, which will be an incredible blessing.
Now for the exciting news…
“Where is this leading to?” I hear you ask … Well, I have been asked to help facilitate an Earth Day Art Project for Weston Museum in our home town of Weston-super-Mare, I feel humbled and of course, rather excited. I then discovered that the project was for the local Home-Education community and so my excitement grows further more and very much feels like the cherry on the cake. A perfect opportunity to encourage young children to be creative and to inspire them to explore creative art and colour in many forms.
Emptying my boxed collection of plastic bottle tops onto the kitchen table felt very satisfying, weird I know! But knowing they are finally going to be used for a very special art installation for our home town and for the Home Ed community means everything to me.
A blank page in my sketchbook soon became filled with lots of ideasand designs. I’ve also started a colourful A2 sketch of what a bunch of colourful circles can look like. This will be a great tool for the children and will hopefully help them to visualize what the mural is going to look like.
The plastic installation will be revealed during Easter Weekend in the middle of April and of course in time for Earth Day which is the 4th April (Easter Monday). The children’s project booklets will be on display and available to browse too. Proud moments for the children and their parents and carers. It seems like a long time away but it’s actually only 11 weeks! So, preparation and good organisation skills are required to meet this deadline.
So far, I have demonstrated how to prepare for the project and the children have tried out the techniques required. They are also collecting plastic bottle caps and plastic packaging to help with the demand of what will be needed to create this amazing piece of art.
The Museum will be open to the public during Easter Weekend (check website for opening times) and I will be hosting Recycled Art Workshops on Saturday, 21st April where I will be demonstrating, using step-by-step instruction to make Birdhouse feeders and Insect Houses using plastic bottles, straws and a pinch of imagination and creativity. These sessions will be £5 per person. Please contact the Museum to book your workshop time.
My latest Animal Portrait prints on Cards, Coasters and mini boxed Art are now available to buy in the Museum shop.
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