As the warmer season draws to an end we would like to share some of the project highlights we’ve been working on over the last few months with you. It wasn’t the warmest of summers but we surely made the most of the drier days.
One of this summer’s highlights was the creation and installation of Priscilla the Bee, an oversized bee sculpture which emphasises the importance of these little insects.
Priscilla can be seen outside Prudhoe Co-op where it hovers over the newly created pollinator bed which will hopefully attract a variation of pollinating insects in the coming years. The project was joint funded by the Prudhoe Community Partnership and the Prudhoe Town Council.
Another winged sculpture was created for Dryden School Gateshead: It is based on Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North and proudly spreads its woven wings which were created with the help of the local pupils. Derek Anderson and Kooky Creations supported us with the welding, Liz Beech with the weaving.
During the warmer months of the year we also try to fit in plenty of workshops and outdoor group activities. Sylvan Skills taught kids, teenagers and adults in willow weaving at Haystax Inclusive Farm Experiences and Lodges. In August more garlic holders, bird feeders and stars were created in a group event at Whittle Dene CIC. And last but not least the Georgian gathering at Beamish Living Museum of the North offered another opportunity to introduce people to heritage crafts – a wholesome experience for everyone.