- EYE SPY
Yarn bombers hit Liskeard in Cornwall recently. From 15-27 October street furniture including lamp posts, traffic lights and hand rails were festooned with miles of knitting and crochet – even local shops joined in with chenille sausages and textile tools.
Nosing around, Art Sharp discovered that a local group of crafters called 3bagsfull was behind the hairy happening, which was organised to celebrate the town’s rich wool history. Technique workshops, hands-on demos and a yarn swop stall added to the fun.
This tight-knit Collective also runs creative classes covering needle felting, silk painting, free machine embroidery and weaving without a loom. Visit www.3bagsfull.org
- ARE YOU BLOCKED?
- Or do you know an artist that is? This friendly self-help book is easy to read and crammed with practical advice. Called…deep breath…What’s Your Excuse For Not Succeeding As An Artist?, the author Deborah Henry-Pollard is a professional mentor who works with a wide range of artists. She’s also a member of ArtCan, a group that actively supports creative types. “This isn’t intended to be the definitive book about coaching or creativity,” she says, “it’s about helping people make small steps to move forward.”If chapter headings like ‘I have a full-time job’ or ‘I get distracted’ ring a bell, then it’s a no-brainer. And it’s slim enough to tote around and dip into even if you only have five minutes to spare, or you’re swaying shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow commuters. At only £7.99 it’s the perfect gift or stocking filler, so what’s your excuse for not buying? Order from Amazon or Catching Fireworks (ISBN: 978-1-9999868-0-3) or contact WYE Publishing, tel: 07985 476076, www.whatsyourexcuse.co.uk
- TRIED & TESTED
- Let’s talk kneadable rubbers. Whereas ordinary erasers are fairly hard, kneadables are softer and more versatile. They do all the normal rubbing out jobs, but you can also shape them into points or tear bits off to make unusual marks. So, as well as deleting, try using kneadables to ‘lift’ colour out of your image.We put a Honsell Kneadable Rubber though its paces (see below). We tried it on graphite (top), chalk pastel pencil (middle) and compressed charcoal (bottom) and it performed perfectly. It even removed colour and made shapes on blocks of oil pastel too.Verdict: this is a cheap, multi-purpose item for any art case, but store it in a box to keep it clean and stop it squishing.