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!

 

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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!

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.

 

Your Comments On Mockingbird


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

What a wonderful exhibition. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a look around and booked on a workshop!

Absolutely love your ceramic birds, they are charming and quirky.  I love the textures and colours – hmm they are just scrummy to look at. You are very talented. Thank you.

Amazing and beauitful. The owls are the best I have ever seen. Loved them.

Visiting from California. Very interesting to see how inspiration is channeled from the seemingly mundane or prosaic into such original or whimsical artistic expressions.

Amazing work as always! Love all your sketches too. Wonderful how you’ve incorporated all the items from the Museum’s collection.

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

Students Fluttering In!


Let your students imaginations fly, as they are inspired by Jan Lane’s ceramic masterpieces!
David Birks, Education and Learning Officer.

On Friday 9th May, students from Larkrise Sixth Form came to the Museum to make clay birds inspired by Mockingbird. They had a flying time!

The session was led by David Birks, Education and Learning Officer. The students also had the opportunity to meet Jan Lane, the artist.

Larkrise School, Trowbridge is a purpose-built special school for students with severe learning difficulties. They cater for students aged 4 to 19 from across West Wiltshire, providing education and therapies adapted to individual needs.

Trowbridge Museum deliver craft activities on a regular basis, on many themes. If you would like to discuss bringing a class to the Museum get in touch with David Birks, Education and Learning Officer on david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk or Sarah Jane Kenyon, Exhibitions & Arts Officer on sarah.kenyon@trowbridge.gov.uk or call 01225 751 339.

We hope to see you flying in sometime soon!

 

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’?