Saturday, 23 February 2013

Looking back at a school project!

During October and November, the Tidworth area board and Wiltshire Council, supported a project at the  Clarendon Junior School. The school as over 85% army children.
I spent 3 days with the children making over 300 bundles, in which we included a wish or message for the earth, for peace or for respect.







The students of the wellington academy helped finishing the bundles made by the Clarendon Junior school children on the following week.
Read the article about it from Wellington Academy Newsletter:

"Over the half term break on Tuesday 23rd October, GCSE and A level textile students had the fantastic opportunity of participating in a workshop with French artist Laurence Dube-Rushby. Laurence is currently based at the River Bourne Community Farm for a year and is working on an installation piece using sheep fleece and natural materials.
“A Thousand Sheep” is an attempt to represent the landscape by using its natural resources; the sheep in the fields mark the perspective. They feed off the land and influence its shape.
Laurence had previously been working with local primary schools to produce small red wool bundles which our students then used to create and transform into larger bundles that will form the overall structure of the installation. The day was very productive and formative, with students learning new skills such as wool carding by machine and hand. They also got the chance to spin their own wool using a drop spindle.
Students set themselves a target of 100 bundles which at first, if I’m honest, thought wouldn’t be possible. But through teamwork, hard work and many red dyed hands I am pleased to announce that they were very successful, reaching a whopping 102 bundles. It’s reflective to say that the day was enjoyed by all and opened the students eyes to the work of practicing textile artists and craftspeople.
Read some student comments below:
"I thought the day was very different because I’d never imagined working with a real artist on her project. I can’t wait to see the finished exhibition." - Lily Spanswick, Year 9
"I found the day really fun and really enjoyed learning some new skills". - Ruby Macey, Year 9
"It took a lot of skill to make the bundles because you had to wrap them up really tight, tiring but worth it!" - Molly Sanderson, Year 9

Amazing participation!


“A Thousand Sheep” art project has created much interest and involvement in the community;

  • Over 10000 visitors of which 1800 school children
  • 700 school children involved in the making, 85% of whom were from army’s families(from Coombe Bisset school, Clarendon Junior school, Wellington Academy and Godolphin school.)
  • 150 adult and youth volunteers of which 50 art students
  • over 80  local, national and international artists were involved in discussions and making of the pieces.
  • 20 recovering soldiers from Tedworth House
  • 8 local organisations
  • 6 work experience students
  • 5 farmers
  • 4 local businesses
  • 1 film maker


Quotes from participants




I've watched Laurence's ideas evolve from the start, unfolding from a really rigourous concept through to a living, growing project, drawing in people from all walks of life, makers, beginners, experts and involving them first hand in the life of the work. During the process Laurence has gathered new skills, knowledge, and expertise under her belt, while collaborating with a growing group of professionals and organisations, all of whom have become part of the unique story of A Thousand Sheep.

Susan Francis
Artist

 I liked the washing and dyeing of the wool, it was awesome! I had a nice time.
Young Carer

1,000 Sheep brings together all Laurence’s skills as artist, creator and facilitator; a huge range of children and adults have been part of the making of a rich and beautiful artwork.
Gill Roberts
Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

“I loved handling the raw wool, it made me think of how much was involved in making a garment before factory processes took over”
Jan
Volunteer

“So many people have been involved in all the processes we have seen or done”
Jan
Volunteer


“I love the way the artwork raises strong questions as well as gets us to make things”
Joseph
Youth participants

“ A lot of thoughts and hard work have gone into this”
Nicky
Visitor

“ I learnt really interesting skills, really cool project”
Sam
Youth participant

“I loved coming to the farm to do art, can I come again?”
Jodie
Youth participant


“……………………………………………………….”
Silence of the pre school children watching the spinning wheel in action.






Friday, 22 February 2013

A few pictures to recap our last week of work at the Farm!

 Sean and Jan, concentrating hard on the last few bundles!
 Last   madder dyed bath!
 Bundles awaiting for packing time!
Last jobs!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

We made it!


Exhibition Time

A Thousand Sheep is now complete, thanks to the incredible contribution of many hard working volunteers.
Bridport Arts Centre will be the first to host the work.
Taunton Brewhouse will follow and the tour will culminate in a home coming exhibition as part of the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival 2013, with a launch event to celebrate the volunteers' input.
Please keep watching for more developement of the project in the months to come and I look forward to welcoming you during private views and talks lined up .





Monday, 18 February 2013

Last Bundle making this week!

On Wednesday 20th of february, Laurence Rushby and her team of volunteers at the River Bourne Community Farm will/ complete/ have completed(for post event publication) the making of 1000 bundles of red wool dyed with madder plant to be part of a large Art Installation ; «  A Thousand Sheep ».
Ben Parker, Farm chairman and director will  make the last piece.
The project has run at the River Bourne Community Farm for the past 3 years and will come to complition when Ben makes the last piece on Wednesday.

“A Thousand Sheep” art project has created much interest and involvement in the community;
  • Over 10000 visitors of which 1800 school children
  • 700 school children involved in the making, 85% of which were from army’s families(from Coombe Bisset school, Clarendon Junior school, Wellington Academy and Godolphin school.)
  • 150 adult and youth volunteers of which 50 art students
  • over 80  local, national and international artists were involved in discussions and making of the pieces.
  • 20 recovering soldiers from Tedworth House
  • 8 local organisations
  • 6 work experience
  • 5 farmers
  • 4 local businesses
  • 1 film maker