It’s been such a positive week! It started with an excellent Bee Creative session on decoupage, where a fab creative friend from the past turned up unexpectedly and brought along her special brand of sunshine, as well as a collection of wildlife!
I thoroughly enjoyed decoupaging this camel, and I know Kay was delighted with her multi-coloured rhino when it was finished. As usual, it was gratifying to watch people’s creativity flourish.
The week ended in a similar vein, with an excellent lino-cutting class run by Minifi at Two Little Magpies. I promised myself that when I gave up creating for ‘honey bee’ that I would make time to indulge my creative urges via the many opportunities my little town has to offer, so being involved in a the big Beeston project that I hinted at a few blogs ago has been amazing! Before setting up the tuition stall, I got myself down to Beeston Carnival early to help Mr Bee put together something he has been working on alongside the relaunch of The Beestonian Magazine, in full colour!
I have only been writing for The Beestonian for 18 months but it has been going for years. And it has come a long was since lead writer and founder ‘furtively first used the work photocopier to run off a load of back issues in the early days.’ Just look at it now! Twenty-four full colour pages, professional design and quality writing. I am so proud to be part of this terrific team and even more delighted to be asked to contribute to a wonderful community project which was also launched at the Beeston Carnival this year and meant collaborating with Mr Bee.
After months of designing, discussing, problem solving and building the finished articles were ready to be revealed! His remit was to make something to effectively display and enhance the I am Beeston photography project by community writer Christopher Frost and a selection of poems from Buzzword Poetry Competition organised by poet and writer Jade Moore. Meetings were held and ideas discussed, then everyone set to work producing this community exhibition ready for launch day.
True to his nature, the technical problems were solved by Pete as they became apparent. These bespoke exhibition stands were to be as aesthetic pleasing as they were practical. They had to be sturdy and yet light and easy enough for people to dismantle when they needed to be relocated. The design was carefully engineered to perform a function but also satisfy the brief as re-usable display stands. I think you will agree they are a thing of beauty.
I was as excited to see them all together as he was I think. Having been part of the whole process I really couldn’t wait to see how they would be received on the day. The different elements of this small but powerful exhibition pulled together to provide a positive and important message. It takes social cohesion and willingness to set and strive for common goals to make a successful community and this is basically what this exhibition is about. In highlighting the diverse mix of people who make up our town we are reminded of what a great place we live in!
Visitors enjoyed picking out familiar faces, sometimes their own, and reading the various descriptions of their town. The poetry complimented this well, as not only were they a celebration of Beeston, they were also written by people living and working in the Beeston community. This poem was written by my friend’s dad, someone who has lived in Beeston all his life and is more than qualified on having an opinion on what makes our town so great. It’s different for everyone, but as someone who chose to settle in Beeston twenty years ago, I have to say it has something special.
And this is just the start! This collection of Beeston’s final poems and people will be making many appearances this summer so keep an eye out for where they will be popping up next!
In the meantime
keep it community
and stay sweet