Thanks to some very dedicated committee members who spent most of Friday at Primrose Park Arts & Crafts Centre we can announce that the venue is now open for business. Well, almost.
Obviously there is still a lot to do; shelving to be installed, final resting places for equipment to be decided and new fittings & fixtures to be explored but, as you can see from the photos, the entire refurbishment is complete and the building has been handed over to the resident groups to settle back in – and how fabulous it looks.
However, even though we haven’t had our usual premises for quite a while we haven’t been idle and several members turned up at our recent Tips & Tricks day and social day. To get the year started we explored what we could create with paper without using glue. Here are a few of the outcomes:
Harriet has recently been exploring paper casting and, using some pulp made from denim jeans, she made a few samples to work bigger and more complex projects from in the future.
Janet came with a design to make origami spinning tops. Apparently she makes them for her grandchildren to play with. They were very popular and several people had a go (under Janet’s tutelage of course).
Claire decided to make some small notebooks using Japanese stab stitch. With the help of an instruction book showing multiple stitch patterns (loaned by another member) she was soon underway.
These handy little booklets have covers made from some of her prints and inner pages made from cartridge paper. As Claire has been printing for many years she has a large supply of print proofs and offcuts that look really good when used this way and, of course, each one is unique.
However, I return to Harriet. We were all enthralled by the story of her mother’s precious silver plated jug. Harriet borrowed this jug but neglected to tell her mother exactly why she wanted it. She proceeded to create a cast from it and then a paper pulp replica. I can only imagine the job it took cleaning all the fine detail on it before returning it to her family who, I understand, are still none the wiser!
So we’ve got off to a good start for the new year and with our ‘home’ revamped and beautified we’re ready to run our 2019 event program.