Taunton Live Sock Extravaganza Exhibition is ready to go…

Workshops by me, Liz, of Busylizzie Art and Go Create Taunton, have taken over 600 children in ten Primary Schools,  on creative journeys under the umbrella theme of “Socks” between May 23rd and June 24th, 2016…

Unconvinced, when the idea was first mooted by Chris Dart of CiCCiC, I sat down to doodle my first ideas and within half an hour, I was hooked into the unlimited creative possibilities it unleashed…The “Amazing Sock Extravaganza” was to be a creative vehicle by which to raise awareness of our forthcoming Taunton Live 2016 Festival of the Performing and Creative Arts and our Creative Innovation Centre.

The project was launched at a twilight meeting for teachers in March, at CiCCiC, where examples I had created were displayed, followed by visits to ten schools to discuss individual school’s thoughts on how we could combine topics already scheduled, with socks. The “Amazing Taunton Live Sock Extravaganza” was stirring… 

Workshops covering art skills from mark-making, colour-mixing and watercolour painting, to clay work and 2 colour block printing were meticulously planned and delivered over the space of about 3 weeks working alongside classteachers or with groups of the youngest children. 

Socks was the buzzword and great art works were emerging, especially where I combined looking closely at the work of artist/illustrator Daniel Mackie. Having picked up one of his cards in a small creative shop in Ilminster, I encouraged the children at Parkfield Primary School, to explore his work on the iPads and to see the possibilities of combining his concept of identifiable outline shapes of animals and creatures, containing the detail of their environment, with painting socks they had designed for either the Olympic Countries or a variety of occupations. The results were quite stunning and when I tweeted Daniel himself and got a response – we were blown away. Not only did this very generous artist comment and respond, but he sent the children cards as momentos.

This last week might have felt relaxed in comparison to the last three and a bit weeks of loading up my car with different materials every day and heading out to schools across Taunton Deane, but I was sitting in the space at CiCCiC picturing each school’s artistic contribution and planning how and where to show it off to its best advantage…

 Hampered by another exhibition not coming down until Thursday 30th at 4 pm, tension was building over how on earth I would have everything ready for the opening on July 1st… Fellow creatives Jim, Jenny and Ian, mucked in (along with Laila from Selworthy and Nick from Oake B&N who sorted their corners) and  the exhibition began to take shape over the course of about 4 hours.

 Returning early on Friday July 1st, around 7.20am, I put in a further  4 hours until I was happy with the final look… 39 A4 canvases were expertly hung by Chris (original ideas man) and Richard (CiCCiC) climbed very high up a long ladder to secure the canopy for one of the exhibits; a circus themed installation by primary age children at Selworthy special school.

The Amazing Taunton Live Sock Extravaganza Exhibition is ready to roll…

Visit the Creative Innivations Centre CIC, Paul St, Taunton to see the socks….until July 8th…

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