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Meet the New-bees!

By on Sep 2, 2018 in bee creative, community, news | 2 comments

This week I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have two new bees on board! As of this week, Kay and I will begin mentoring Matt and Marcus and they will be bringing with them fresh ideas and a new perspective. Both artists in their own right, the boys are talented and have interesting and varied backgrounds.   First let me introduce you to Matthew Plowright of PLOWZart, who I first met at Middle Street Resource Centre a few years ago and comes along to some of the Monday night sessions. He can be seen here with one of his earlier creations Rodger the Prawn who has a magical pantry AND his own Facebook page. Matthew describes himself as a surrealist and from what I have seen from his work over the years I would have to agree. My favourites are the ones that have a ‘yellow submarine’ feel to them so I bought one at the last art fair he was at, although I am...

Creative Planning

By on Aug 26, 2018 in bee creative, community, news | 4 comments

This week has been all about making plans for the autumn. The summer can’t last forever but my goodness it’s been a good one hasn’t it?! It feels as thought the long lazy days have gone for this year but these have been replaced with a fresh sense of purpose. I have always enjoyed the changing seasons and the gentle transition from summer to autumn is no exception.  At the start of August, I wrote a short blog about the momentum that is driving Bee Creative forward. It has been fun year and we have been involved in a number of rewarding events! This Autumn we are working towards offering a Wednesday night session to compliment what we are doing on Monday nights and we are looking to mentor more willing individuals who feel they would like to be able to run sessions in the future.    I met with Kay yesterday to discuss the practicalities of making this...

Skill Sharing

By on Aug 12, 2018 in bee creative, community, news | 0 comments

Another week with even more creativity this week, as we re-introduce the daytime sessions for Bee Creative. It has been my aim to extend what we offer to include small group sessions that run over a series of weeks and cover a specific technique. The first series was lino-cutting and printing.   I tried to run them back in June but due to overbooking the room and me still having too much on with the tuition business it all fell rather flat. One lady was able to attend the hastily put together and advertised first session, but we ended up carving our lino in a meeting room, and then when we were asked to leave, the cafe! We had fun anyway and I was pleased to be able to re-instate the sessions if only so she could learn more.   Until last year I had never done any lino-cutting before and knew nothing of the ways of choosing a suitable design, carving safely and effectively and...

Busy Bees!

By on Aug 5, 2018 in bee creative, community, environment, news | 0 comments

Another short blog as I have just got back from a day out with Mr Bee and it’s late. It is also one of those balmy evenings where sitting in the garden with a laptop and a glass of wine feels perfectly appropriate, so cheers!   As promised this week’s blog is a bit of an update on what’s been happening with Bee Creative just lately. Well first off, it’s no longer just one bee making things happen, it is lots of bees!   Which means that in future the blogs published on the page will only concern what is going on directly with the craft therapy group and other associated things. Any personal blog posts will now only be posted on my profile page, as this just seems to make more sense really, and will be in addition to the weekly bee creative post.    Events of late have made me think about how this group has grown and possibilities for the...

Work in Progress

By on Jun 17, 2018 in bee creative, community, events, news | 0 comments

A much quieter week, although a seven day week last week meant I have been in need of some down time. I have also been itching to pick up the origami bombing project planned for this spring and if you have been into Beeston this week you will have seen that I have succeeded.   Rudyard’s Tea House now had butterflies accompanying their cranes, fluttering all around their windows and walls. A few of the Bee Creative craft group have got the origami bug and came along to help me on Tuesday, look out for more kaleidoscopes of butterflies appearing in other places and in your news feed if you follow the page. I am aiming for at least half a dozen venues to be displaying the ‘Beeston Butterfly’ this summer.   Perhaps inspired by another large scale art project, the Beeston Street Art Festival, I was keen to start the ball rolling this week and had lots of...

Community Creativity!

By on Jun 10, 2018 in bee creative, community, environment, events | 0 comments

This week saw a coming together of many things! This week was my final full week of exam revision sessions and preparations for this year’s Remarkable Recycling Gala.   The Bee Creative stall looked fabulous, with so many brightly coloured and beautiful things that were made by members of the group and it received many compliments from those who visited. The crafters involved keep the money that they make, making a small donation to Bee Creative to help fund further projects. I am so proud of what they are achieving and their products looked really professional, helped along by Linda’s display skills.   Mr Bee was there with rather a light stall, since he has only just managed to set his workshop up properly this week, but as usual he had lots of friendly faces popping by to say ‘hello.’ This is why this event will remain one of my favourites. It...