In 2017 Crafting Community was formed, to develop folk arts and craft based activities and public artworks in our local community of Handsworth.
Crafting-Community has been set up as a not for profit organisation, and is a continuation / development of previous activities between 2015-2017 , also archived in this section, delivered by local artist Scylla Magda, who then went on to initiated Crafting-Community in collaboration with local nature artist, Forest School practitioner and community gardener Eleanor Hoad.
Crafting-Community is made up not only of the artist members who deliver workshops, but by the participants, who by taking part are also contributing members of our local ‘ crafting community’.
June – July 2017 – Our first project: Crafting Community members working on creating a mosaic design for the plinth in Handsworth Park. Grasses and leaves found around the lake were used in the design idea, in order to create an artwork that looks natural and organic, enabling the plinth to blend in with it’s surroundings.
Grass Mosaic by Crafting Community. Designed by local park artist Scylla Magda with additional contributing mosaic artists Sophie, Claudette, Juliet, Jane , Eleanor & Hattie Commissioned by Handsworth Creative / HPAT as a part of Handsworth Park Arts Trail 2017 – 2019.
October 2017“Handsworth Park – Beautiful All Year Round” by Karoline Rerrie. Screen print on vinyl. Curated by Scylla Magda / Crafting Community on behalf of PBAF for HPAT 2018.
Autumn Sun Catcher by Scylla Magda
Winter Snowman (2017) . Created by members of our local crafting community. Plinth curated by Scylla Magda / Crafting-Community for HPAT 2018.
Spring 2018 – Baby Owl in Nest . Created by members of our local crafting community (including Alex, pictured) together with lead artist ILdiko Nagy. Plinth curated by Scylla Magda for PBAF / HPAT 2018.
Summer 2018 Dr Seuss Inspired Flower. Drawing and reading workshops were held in Handsworth Park where local children looked at Dr Seuss books before drawing their own ideas for a ‘Dr Seuss inspired flower”. These drawings were exhibited in the Boathouse cafe, & artist Scylla Magda used them as additional inspiration to created her own Dr Seuss inspired flower for a temporary installation on the lakeside plinth. Plinth curated by Scylla Magda / Crafting Community for PBAF / HPAT 2018.
Workshops delivered by Crafting-Community at Simmer Down festival in Handsworth Park: recycled tin can shakers/drums, harmonograph drawing, mask making and jangles& bangles:
Additional workshops were provided by local artists Hattie (flag making) , & Claudette & Alex (potato printed bags), plus face painting by Sarah’s Parlour.
Craft tent coordinated on behalf of PBAF / Simmer Down by Scylla Magda / Crafting-Community
Autumn Reflections 2018
Autumn Reflections 2018
A temporary artwork on the lakeside plinth reflecting the beauty of nature & the changing foliage of the trees above. Hand made bunches Rowan tree berrys were also created, adding a splash of vibrant colour, and a story telling session was held with local children, featuring “The Rowan Tree’s Gift” by Clair Hewitt.
Created by Scylla Magda for HPAT 2018