Your Origami Birds


 

Origami, a traditional art requiring the folding and manipulation of paper dating back as far as 17th century,  possibly even further. The oldest unequivocal documentation of Origami is a short poem composed in 1680.

Origami starts with a flat piece of paper, which you fold in a particular way which creates a finished sculpture.

What is really fascinating is that the sculpture is produced without cutting or gluing the paper. It’s like magic,  something flat becomes three-dimensional!

To create Origami sculptures light weight paper such as ‘Origami paper’ is used as it holds creases well.   Normal weight paper that you might use in your printer, is heavier and does not hold creases as well.

If you missed out on the opportunity to participate in today’s free craft activity ‘Origami Birds’, here are some pictures of what you missed out on!

Duck in the making…

Ta Dah!

Owl in the making…

Ta Dah!

These ducks and owls are fascinating! Made from folding a piece of paper. Watch out for them flying around Trowbridge and across Wiltshire.

Why not come along and see the exhibition?
Be inspired to make your own ‘Origami Birds’ at home, then send them to us via twitter @TrowMuseum.

If you are interested in bringing a group of adults or students for a craft activity please do get in touch with Sarah Jane Kenyon, Exhibitions & Arts Officer on 01225 751 339 or email sarah.kenyon@trowbridge.gov.uk to discuss what we can offer!

All photographs were taken with permission from participants.

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Inspired By Wool Samples


Ceramic Tile Wall Pieces

One of Jan’s favourite objects in the Museum is quite a humble and unglamorous thing; a largish sheet of paper, folded in two, with 15 squarish loosely felted pieces of wool on each half.

This is a card of Cheviot wool dye samples, c1960  (TRWMB: 1987.13 ). Jan found the mosaic effect of the squares very pleasing. She liked the fact that they were made of felt, but loved the fact that each square sported a sticker with a hand-written number on it and the numbers are not in order!

Jan was excited by the challenge of transforming an object made of paper and felt into clay, indulging her love of texture and detail whilst capturing some of the character of the original. The velvet under glazes which she likes to use were well suited to reproduce the soft, blended colours of the woollen cloth.

Jan love’s typography so she found it great fun making the numbers, a decorative element within the design. The frames were imprinted with information about the card of Cheviot wool dye samples. The factory it originated from etc., but the words are also part of the visual appeal, the letters are beautiful in themselves – the ampersand, an added bonus!

The smaller piece developed the idea a little further. The numbers relate back to the card of Cheviot wool dye samples  (she selected those nearest to the colours of the rainbow) but she chose to place them beneath the tiles to give a bit more scope for surface decoration relating to each colour.

Ta Dah!

Why not come along and see the exhibition for yourself?

Match up the numbers on the ceramic tile wall pieces with the wool dye samples!

Don’t forget everything in the exhibition is for sale ‘Affordable Art’

Your Bird Brooches


If you missed out on the opportunity to participate in today’s free adult craft activity  ‘Bird Brooches’, here are some pictures of what you missed out on!

Drawing!

The brooches in the making!

Almost ready!

Ta Dah!

Really enjoyed it – very friendly and helpful leader – thanks very much!

Brilliant session, really informative and generous with the materials and help. Lovely to spend afternoon with others, crafting. Thank you!

Thank you. Lovely to do something new for myself rather than the children.

These brooches are stunning with a hint of vintage, accessories with beads and buttons! Watch out for a flock of bird brooches on display in Trowbridge and across Wiltshire or even beyond.

Why not come along and see the exhibition?

Be inspired to make your own ‘Bird Brooches’ at home, then send them to us via twitter @TrowMuseum.

If you are interested in bringing a group of adults or students for a craft activity please do get in touch with Sarah Jane Kenyon, Exhibitions & Arts Officer on 01225 751 339 or email sarah.kenyon@trowbridge.gov.uk to discuss what we can offer!

All photographs were taken with permission from participants.

 

Your Comments On Mockingbird Keep Flying In


Jan and Sarah thought it would be nice to share more of the comments written by you the visitors!

Thank you Jan. Such a pleasure to see more of your work and the link with all the georgous textiles. I love the colours and textures you use.

Excuberant and quirky!

So beautiful and orginial.

Really lovely. Gutted I couldn’t do the workshops, as they are booked. Best i’ve ever seen. Will buy some brooches!

Why not come and see the exhibition yourself, and leave your own comment?

Cranes Migrate From A Beaded Flapper Dress


You may have noticed by now that Jan rather like making birds!

Cranes have long legs and rather long necks. Apparently there are fifteen species of Crane in four genera. Some Cranes migrate over long distances others do not.

Have you ever seen flocks of Cranes and wondered why?
Well, this is because during the non-breeding season they are being gregarious!

The dippy Cranes on display in Mockingbird are fairly close copies of those on a wonderful embroidered flapper dress from the Museum’s archive collection.

Believe it or not, in the 1920s “Flappers” were a new stylish youth of women. You would have noticed this new look about town; young women with short bobbed hair, makeup on, smoking and even listening to Jazz or going dancing.

This 1920s flapper dress (TRWBM: M400), on display in Mockingbird, would have been the perfect outfit for a night out dancing. It is part of The Morrison Collection and is heavily decorated with beaded birds, butterflies, flowers and a Water Lilly pond hem.

The Water Lilly pond reminds me of a series of oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. Do you see the likeness?

Mockingbird encourages visitors to see the Museum collection beyond a resource for learning about the past. To see a Museum collection as surfaces with a display of construction, decoration, shape and design. To be inspired!

Why not visit the Museum to see the flapper dress close up and Jan Lane’s felted Cranes!

Be quick before they fly away!