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Supporting Creativity

By on Oct 14, 2018 in community, environment | 0 comments

I don’t mind telling you that I am pretty shattered this evening, but I have had an amazing week! Work is definitely keeping me on my toes, which is why I felt that it was important to make time to kick back with some fab people this week and indulge in a bit of ‘hair letting down’ activities.   On Thursday, I spent an inspiring evening at Corrina Rothwell’s home studio. I am so glad that I made the trek across town for her Cheese! Wine! Art! evening, mostly because I love her work and was itching to see her new home and studio space, but also because I knew that I would meet some great interesting people and get a nosy at her new art work. Also, I found out today that I won the raffle so will soon be in possession of a set of her new design art cards, sweet!   Another highlight this week has been the annual Oxjam event, which literally sees the people...

Nature’s Treasures

By on Oct 7, 2018 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

Oh lovely autumn sunshine, providing a respite from the colder days and oh those delightful autumn colours! I have been out and about a lot this week and have been enjoying cycle rides in the crisp morning air. We are so lucky in Beeston, to be surrounded by green spaces, one I have more recently discovered, just five minutes walk from my house.     If you stroll up Sandy Lane, just off the A52, you will be glad you made the hill climb to the top. I have been cycling up this hill since we moved, to visit one of my students in nearby Wollaton, once I had realised that it was a very reliable short-cut which avoided a fair bit of the main road.    At the very top of the ascent, you are rewarded with a picturesque route through a small patch of woodland and the clean scent of greenness which is a welcome contrast to the heady traffic fumes on the busy road. For quite a...

Meet the New-bees!

By on Sep 2, 2018 in bee creative, community, news | 3 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...

Community Power

By on Aug 19, 2018 in community, environment | 0 comments

Never more than now have we needed to believe in the importance of community. Whilst political unrest, fear of the unknown and tales of austerity are rolled out constantly in every media format, we need something to cling to. We need hope.   According to psychological studies,the need to belong, refers to a human emotional need to affiliate with and be accepted by members of a group. It is centered on gaining acceptance, attention, and support from members of the group and providing the same in return. All sounds a bit ‘hippie commune’ doesn’t it? Except when you consider the wealth of communities we can belong too.    One community that I have had the pleasure of being affiliated with (albeit loosely) is the skateboard community. Skateboarding attracts the sort of kids who couldn’t relate to team sports, struggled with the mainstream rules...

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...