I’ve been working on a prototype wren birdhouse today, using the techniques of plant fiber weaving taught to me by artist Joanne Kaar. She learnt the technique when making copies of the woven grass objects made by ‘outsider artist’ Angus McPhee. For the past few months I’ve been working with a group of brilliant older men at Manchester Museum helping them create an artwork inspired by Angus McPhee’s life and work. The artwork will go on display outside the museum 10 Feb-26 May 2013 with opening celebrations 1-4 on Sunday 10th. Why not come along and see what we’ve been up to?
You can read more about the Looping and Linking project here.
I’ll be delivering bird house making workshops alongside the Looping and Linking exhibit at the Manchester Museum on Saturday 23rd Feb as part of their Urban Naturalists programme. The twine making technique is great to know: gardeners, you’ll never have to buy garden twine again! You can read more and sign up here. A further session will be at Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday 9th March 2-4pm. Contact the gallery here if you are keen to make a lovely birdhouse out of totally natural (and free!) materials. Wrens are beautiful birds and the best singers to attract to your garden. They deserve a gorgeous house!