Plastic-not-so-fantastic!

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.

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Various techniques complimented with fabric scraps and broken jewellery.

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.

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BE CREATIVE WITH PLASTIC NOT WASTEFUL

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.

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PLEASE RECYCLE ME! LET’S HELP SAVE OUR PLANET!

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.

If you have any questions or wish to let me know if you enjoyed this blog post, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Helpful Websites & Links

http://www.earthday.org

http://www.westonmuseum.org

https://www.livescience.com/50556-earth-day-facts-history.html

https://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2018/5/3/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-plastic-pollution-cartoons-books-and-activities-to-involve-the-whole-family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Fina’s world!

Hiya everyone!

So, here we go, my very first blog… well, on this fresh new website/blog anyway! My last one got hacked and I lost all my content which was a blessing really, as it has given me the chance to re-focus and re-direct my aim for my creative arrow. Just in case you’ve not yet read my intro pages, I am a Mum to 4 children, a teenage daughter & son and twin boys who started school in September 2015; a Wife to an amazing man (and Daddy/Step-Dad); and as well as being head of Hectic-Mania Head Quarters (also known as our family home), I am the brains behind Creations by Fina.  We live in Weston-super-Mare with our lovely zoo! (not a real z00 … a dog, cat, fish and 2 gerbils).

I have lived in the South West for 16 years and in Weston for the last 12. It is here where my Art Journey began. This was the very first piece that sold in a working gallery owned by the late John Fiddes. An artist who I met through chance, thanks to a very cheap, worn out paint brush! John was more than happy to offer space in his gallery to showcase my works – there was only one slight problem – I hadn’t got any works at all! I had only images of gifts that I had made for friends and family. He suggested I put brush to canvas and start a collection of around 50 pieces! I was a little horrified at the time, as I hadn’t really got the experience for the Art World … where does one begin?  I literally started at the beginning which was a very good place to start (cue for a song!). Not really having much confidence as I’d only picked up the brushes occasionally  and sketched a little, I chose an ‘abstract’ theme. This is when The Sunshine Collection was created. I then moved onto The Seaside Collection. This was John’s favourite. I still add to this collection now. Naturally inspired by our home town and the South West coastline, especially North Devon where we holiday a lot – I enjoyed painting seaside scenes … a lot.

Both collections were exhibited at The Art House, in John’s quaint gallery in a small side street in Weston town. This piece, Bon Voyage, was the first piece I sold. John went on to sell 12 pieces of my work in just a year!

Unfortunately, in December 2010, John tragically passed away. He was such an amazing artist who spent a lot of his time sharing techniques and answering my questions about brushes, paints and much more. With thanks to his family, I was given an easel that belonged to him and still use it today. So, I suppose the first question of who discovered  Fina’s art, was John Fiddes. A jolly, little man who’s psychedelic styles inspired me, nurtured me and most importantly … believed in me.

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Bon Voyage – created using acrylics on canvas.