Necton

Successful First Phase of Workshops

Last week saw the culmination of the first five artist residencies in rural villages - Ashill, Necton, Shipdham, Mattishall and Harling - with fantastic exhibitions of work in both Ashill and Necton and a range of arts based activities happening in the other villages. 

Residents of Ashill loved seeing their Cyanotype prints exhibited in the Community Centre, with a brilliant turn out of visitors coming along to admire the residents' work and indulge in a slice of chocolate fudge cake or a scone with cream and jam!  Artist Vicki Johnson reiterated her thanks to the village archive for their wealth of local photographs, kick-starting the first workshop with great success. 

Necton village also had a great turn out for their exhibition at the Community Centre on Saturday, with many new faces coming to admire the work over a cup of tea and piece of artist Sarah Harley's apple cake. The range of work produced was great to see and the Necton spin off  sewing club is still going strong! 

Other activities happening across half term week included Glass House Dance's takeover of Harling's Old School Hall, culminating in a performance of their 'A Little Bit of Light' contemporary dance, using stories told to them by residents throughout the week. In Mattishall, Lisa Little's 'Drop in & Stitch' workshops, unearthed tales from the village and provided residents an opportunity to get to know each other a little better, chatting whilst therapeutically stitching memories and anecdotes onto tea towels. In Nearby Shipdham, poet and writer Martin Figura was busy entertaining the ladies and gents from the Shipdham Knitters, Shipdham History Group and Shipdham Manor Care Home, enjoying much frivolity and plenty of biscuits whilst working on his Shipdham oral history project. Proudly sporting his residency tank top, Martin's final appearance was at Saturday's Church Fair, where he and his wife Helen Ivory set up their poetry takeaway! 

In the New Year the Silver Social welcomes singer, Kate Dimbleby, who will be taking her 'Sing Your Song' workshops on a tour of the town's libraries, before stopping off in each of the villages. Look out soon for more details.

Ashill Exhibition

Ashill Exhibition

Necton Exhibition 

Necton Exhibition 

Glass House Dance 'A Little Bit of Light'

Glass House Dance 'A Little Bit of Light'

Martin Figura in Shipdham 

Martin Figura in Shipdham 

Sarah's Sewing Workshop Produces Spin Off

Necton's latest sewing workshop proved a hit with residents, who have enjoyed these relaxed sewing craft sessions so much that they have decided to continue their Friday morning meet up, after the residency has finished. 

The ladies in attendance have enjoyed sharing both their forgotten and newly learnt skills, under the guidance of specialist print and textile artist Sarah Harley - who holds her final mono print workshop tomorrow (Saturday 7th October, 10am - 12pm). The participants used recycled fabrics and felt to create their first festive decorations of the season, using Sarah's vintage sewing machine. All of the works created over the 4 different workshops will be exhibited at Necton Community Centre on Saturday 28th October (10am -12pm) where Sarah will also be sharing the first glimpse of her new comic, which documents her experiences of Necton and the locals that she has met throughout her residency.  

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The Art of Mono Printing with Sarah Harley in Necton

Autumn may have arrived in Necton but Sarah Harley's Silver Social artist residency continues inside the warm and welcoming Rural Community Centre, with today's offering of a free mono printing workshop for local residents.

Sarah demonstrated the simple process that involved rolling different coloured inks onto perspex plates, before laying over fabric textures with damp paper on top and putting them through a portable press. After removing the fabric a second sheet of paper can be used to create a ghost print, with some fantastic results that are often more interesting than the first set of prints! 

Sarah offered a selection of recycled fabrics, nets and ribbons to be cut up and used to create a range of textures when put through the press. One participant with an interest in architecture cut fabric into small hexagons to recreate the impression of a dry stone wall - it looked superb! The unpredictability of the prints leaves wide scope for experimentation and offers plenty of discussion between both the participants and the artist. 

Transforming ordinary fabrics into a piece of art is a running theme through Sarah's workshops, which continue next Friday 6th October (Sewing) and Saturday 7th October (Mono Printing). These free sessions are open to residents looking to explore something new and you may even feature in Sarah's final comic, which will be exhibited at the Community Centre on 28th October. 

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Mono Printing with Sarah Harley - Ghost Print

Mono Printing with Sarah Harley - Ghost Print

Necton Welcomes Sarah Harley for the First Silver Social Artist Workshop

A fantastic start to the Silver Social Project, with the first of our artist workshops already underway. Held by specialist print and textiles artist Sarah Harley, she begins her residency at Necton Rural Community Centre with the first of two sewing based workshops (next one Friday 6th October 10am - 2pm), out of a total of four workshops (mono printing takes place Friday 29th September & Saturday 7th October, both 10am - 12pm).

Sarah welcomed both experienced and novice crafters as she demonstrated the use of her vintage Singer sewing machine, no electricity required! Over a cup of tea and a biscuit, she talked the group through how to create a bespoke phone or glasses case out of recycled wool jumpers, as well showing them examples of home made bunting and a range of different patch work techniques. With plenty of materials at hand, the group could get stuck in!

Through conversation and interaction with members of the group, Sarah will create a comic based on her experiences during the residency, which will be exhibited along with creations by members of the group from the four different workshops. The exhibition takes place at Necton Rural Community Centre on Saturday 28th October, 10am - 12pm - join us for coffee and cake!

All events are part of the Silver Social artist residencies and are free to attend! Join us for the next event in Necton or one of the other target villages (Ashill, Mattishall, Harling and Shipdham), full details on our Upcoming Events

 

 

 

Workshop participants show off their creations in Necton

Workshop participants show off their creations in Necton