Ta Dah Brilliant Bird Bags Is Rescheduled!


Sarah is pleased to announce that the rescheduling of  ‘Brilliant Bird Bags’ will now take place on Saturday 6th September, 1-4pm.

Please note those of you who had a place booked on Saturday 17th May will be contacted first  regarding the new date of the craft activity. We hope that you will be able to make it!

If not then any remaining spaces will be offered out generally. If you would like to go on the waiting list for ‘Brilliant Bird Bags’ please e-mail Sarah Jane Kenyon, Exhibitions & Arts officer on sarah.kenyon@trowbridge.gov.uk or call 01225 751 339 to leave a message for Sarah.

In the mean time why not come to the Musuem to see exhibtion, be inpsired!

Why not have a go at felting at home? You could make shoes or use the principle of resist felting to create a seamless structure! Send them to us via twitter @TrowMuseum.

Happy crafting!

How To Make A Bird Mobile


If you missed out on the opportunity to participate in yesterday’s free craft activity ‘Bird Mobile’, here are some pictures of  David Birks, Education and Learning Officer showing you how to make your own!

Mobile..

Making a bird…

Ta Dah!

Making a cloud….

Ta Dah, a Bird Moible!

Paper, wool, sticks, wire, glue, a pencil, a pen and scissors used to create a ‘Bird Mobile’… just like magic!

Why not come along and see the exhibition?

Be inspired to make your own ‘Bird Mobile’ 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!

 

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.

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.

 

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!

Your Beautiful Birds


If you missed our ‘Beautiful Birds’ craft activity today here are some pictures of what you missed out on!

The birds in the making!

Almost ready!

Ta Dah!

Wow, what a stunning display of birds that will be flying home with their makers!

Why not come along and see the exhibition?
Be inspired to make your own ‘Beautiful 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.

Beautiful Birds


Come along to the Museum and make a start on your own little flock of birds inspired by Jan Lane’s exhibition ‘Mockingbird’.

Your fluttering birds will be the creation of lolly-stick legs, card, paper, and glue. You will use pencils and collage to decorate a ‘Beautiful Bird’ that shall fly home with you.


‘Beautiful Birds’ is running on this Saturday, 14th June, for ages 4+. Please per-book a session in advance by calling 01225 751 339.

Please note if you are coming along on the day that sessions are limited to 12 children per session so might already be full! See FREE Children’s Craft Activities for the full programme of craft on offer.

Why not come along and see the exhibition, be inspired to be creative! Please follow the blog and Jan on Facebook!

We hope to see a flock of you on Saturday 14th June.

 

Brilliant Bird Bags To Be Rescheduled!


Today we had hoped to deliver the first craft activity for adults, ‘Brilliant Bird Bags’, related to the exhibition Mockingbird.

Sadly the artist has De Quervain’s tenosynovitis and must rest their wrist as much as possible. Although the artist has been looking forward to delivering the craft activity,  it will not help the recovery and hopes you all understand!

The craft activity will be rescheduled as soon as possible (all being well in July or August). Please note those of you who have booked a place for today’s session will have priority when the date has been rescheduled and will be contacted individually. Then any remaining spaces will be offered out generally.

In the meantime why not come along and see the exhibition at Trowbridge Museum, get inspired for what you would like your ‘Brilliant Bird Bags’ to look like. Also see details of other adult craft activities which are booking up quickly.


We hope Sarah makes a ‘flying’ recovery!

Affordable Art


Mockingbird is a solo exhibition by Cloth Road Artist Jan Lane in partnership with Trowbridge Museum.


During the exhibition Jan’s stunning new body of art in response to textiles from Trowbridge Museum’s archive collection will be on sale.


Jan’s works consists of brooches, owls, birds and wall hanging. The mediums used for the art are ceramic and wood, ceramic, felt and papier mâché.


‘Affordable Art’ ranges from £7.50 (brooches) to £180.00 (large owl). Come along and see the exhibition and purchase a delightful memento from the exhibition.


Please note that art featured in the post might be sold at the time of your visit. We would also like to express that art will not be available to take away until the end of the exhibition on Saturday 27th September 2014. Exceptions might be made at the discretion of Sarah (Exhibitions & Arts Officer) or Jan (artist).

Can you resist the temptation to buy some ‘Affordable Art’?

The Birds Have Flown In!


Mockingbird opened on Saturday 3rd May 2014 to coincide with Cloth Road Arts Week, which runs until Sunday 11th May 2014 (the Museum is closed on Sunday 11th May 2014).

The exhibition will then continue until Saturday 27th September 2014.
During the rest of Cloth Road Arts Week Jan Lane will be working in the exhibition space.  Come along, meet the artist and see her at work.

All of the art on display in the exhibition is for sale. Please pop into the Museum and speak to Jan (artist), Sarah (Exhibitions & Arts Officer) or a member of staff.

During the exhibition there will be FREE craft activities for both children and adults. Book soon and places are going quickly!

Tune in each week to find out more about the inspiration behind the exhibition and the stunning objects on display.