Author Archives: AVA

Shadow Theater in Birchfield

Crafting community has been working with families in Birchfield to introduce the art of shadow theatre – working with them to create their own shadow theatres to take home with them. We have also invited internationally renowned hand shadow artist Drew Colby to give a performance in Birchfield, free to local families.


Autumn Reflections

Have really enjoyed creating this ‘Autumn Reflections’ piece as a temporary installation on the lakeside plinth in Handsworth Park, reflecting the beauty of nature & changing foliage of the trees above. Hand made bunches Rowan tree berrys were also created, adding a splash of vibrant colour. After the piece was installed, a story telling session was held with local children, featuring “The Rowan Tree’s Gift” by Clair Hewitt.  An artwork conceived and created by Scylla Magda of Crafting Community.
Commissioned by Handsworth Creative for  Handsworth Park Arts Trail 2018

Mixed media : acrylic mirror, wood, ping pong balls, UV paint, black hemp twine.



Crafting Community at Simmer Down Festival 2018

Crafting-Community, on behalf of PBAF, enjoyed coordinating the crafts & participation tent at Simmer Down festival 2018  last weekend . Workshops , led by local artists, included Jangles & Bangles  by Eleanor& Kerry, percussion & mask making workshops by Juliet & Scylla,  flag making by Hattie, Harmonograph drawing by Bobby, Tote bags by Claudette & Alex ,  plus face painting by Sarah’s Parlour.

Wool Needed!


Wool donations needed for a craft group for refugee’ women- if you live in the Handsworth area & can drop off some wool in my porch,  please use the contact section on this website to contact me , thanks

Plinth artwork 02


‘Handsworth Park – Beautiful All Year Round’
A screen printed poster artwork  by Karoline Rerrie

Curated by Scylla Magda on behalf of PBAF as part of Handsworth Park Arts Trail 2017 -2019. Designed as a temporary artwork for the lakeside plinth as a reflection on the changing on the seasons in Handsworth Park , giving encouragement for people to enjoy the beauty of the park all year round.



Tree Dressing

A lovely crafting weekend , with a very busy workshop session at the Boathouse Cafe on the Saturday with Scylla and Eleanor , creating items, including bird feeders, to hang on a tree as part of National Tree Week, followed by dressing the tree on Sunday :


‘Combustion’ by Bobby Bird‘ 2009, made from recording a household Jøtul woodburning stove.  If a domestic sized burner can sound like this, what might a 28ft long Cornish Boiler, used to heat up a Bolton & Watt beam engine sound like ?

This track was created as part of Birmingham Sound Matter  a project curated by Francisco Lopez and AVA/Modulate in 2009. Is is included on the Birmingham Sound Matter CD compilation released on Audiobulb:

Watt’s Orbit Workshop

Students at South & City College got a chance yesterday to hear a preview of Bobby Birds  Watt’s Orbit installation / performance,  set up in the College Auditorium, followed by  Q&A session. The day was presented by Nils Edstrom,  lecturer in Creative Live Sound at the college, as part of an Art in Music module.
The premier of Watt’s Orbit will take place at St Mary’s Church Handsworth on 29/10/2016

Photos by Joseph Potts