Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Knitting support for the boys


Over the years I have developed a really good relationship with my neighbour Margaret. In the past 18 months or so she has returned to knitting. Her grand-daughter Jade has been studying a Fine Art Degree in Manchester, which she finishes this year. So you can imagine, the creativity she experiences from her grand-daughter and her neighbour must eventually have a knock on effect.

Over the course of Jade's time at university she has knitted some weird and wonderful creations. I think partly due to this and our many creative sharing sessions Margaret has decided to show her support for England by knitting a flag and showing it in her front window. I have to giggle when she shows me her new creations as they are so humorous.

I did notice yesterday that she now has two flags..... must take a new picture. Watch this space.


Thursday, 17 June 2010

'e' exhibition, energy producing kinetic sculpture


Art Republic - Molly Fletcher and Tom Wilkinson

On Friday 17th June I attended the preview night at The Natural World Centre, Whisby. Although it was a long drive, I felt it was definitely worth attending. I took my little boy who is ten and he thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the various pieces.

'Exhibition of Kinetic Sculpture 2010 – 2012 Introducing an Exhibition of Kinetic Sculpture, ‘defined by motion’, focusing on sustainability and environmental impact. A three year project investigating the links between sculpture and renewable energy with the ultimate aim of developing beautiful sculpture with energy producing qualities. Involving Artists, Sculptors, Engineers, Designers, Inventors, DIY’ers, Students and School Children....' Mark Clarke, event organizer.

There were some very interesting pieces as well as a selection of eco/sustainable work by artists for the Design Factory. I think undoubtedly my favourite piece was the 'Dandelion' which was spun round by the wind and looked like a Catherine Wheel with sparkles. Click on the link to view the sculpture in action.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Whatever happened to Fairy Cakes?

I came across this advert whilst in my local building society. Although I have acquired all 3 of the free recipes, I was a bit disappointed with the mention of cupcakes. When I was a child it was Fairy Cakes. This conjured up something light and magical and quintessentially English. Cupcake on the otherhand belies something kitch and heavily laiden with colour and decoration.

So what has happened to our traditional 'Fairy cake'? I think I need to do further investigation into the origins of our delicate treat.