Deben Decorative Fine Arts Society (DFAS) has sponsored one 2 day workshop and one 1 day workshops to support and celebrate the works of Woodbridge Shakespeare400.
Woodbridge Shakespeare 400 is local resident and literature enthusiast, Tim Cornford’s local community project to celebrate the Bard’s 400th anniversary through art, music and drama.
Farlingaye High School Art Department was chosen to run three art workshops; all of which DDFAS Young Arts are funding.
For the first 2 day course, which was a success across 5th and 12th May, established local textile artists, Sue Cranwell and Madelaine Nightingale were engaged in planning and sourcing these courses and then guiding the workshops. Also present and giving of her time and expertise was Tracy Hetherington, Head of Art of Farlingaye High School.
The next two 1 day workshops are to take place on 7th and 14th June with a different artist, Emma Johnson. Her focus is collage, graphics and paper manipulation.
On Thursday 5th May around 13 pupils, members of staff and associates came together for 2 ½ hours. The aim was to refashion and adorn second hand books into unrelated objects. Participants glued, crafted, printed, decorated, sewed, painted, covered artefacts with cloth, jewelled and transformed an original book into a picture frame and created many other artistic delights.
DDFAS report that “Educationally it was an inspiring exercise in both the breaking and reconfiguring of physical boundaries and subsequent reshaping of something original and unconnected – an exciting exploration of thinking outside the box and transformation of idea into recreated artistic form.”
The output from the three courses will be on display at Woodbridge Library in June and July.