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!


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…

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Owl in the making…

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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.

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’