Light in a winter darkness

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Winter Lights 18, 19 January 2020   This weekend saw two gentle events in Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and in the Cavendish Arcade as part of our “A Year in Our Town” project. Recycling plastic bottles (or odd bits of plastic and plastic cups), we made either small lanterns, tiny lanterns (think of the […]

Winter lights, public event

Winter Lights

“drive the cold winter away”

free events in Buxton

bottle lanterns on a dark night….

a lantern full of fish…

1. Saturday 18th January

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

1 – 4pm

Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6DA

2. Sunday 19th January

Cavendish Arcade, Buxton,

12 – 3pm

Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BQ

 

 

Winter Lights

“… a little light to drive the cold winter away”

a window panel

As the New Year begins and January feels long and cold and dark, why not join us at a session to celebrate the promise of a returning spring and make your own little lantern to light a window sill

 

We’ll be recycling old plastic bottles (so bring one or two along if you have some) into delicate lanterns or making laminated pictures of wintry scenes to sit in a window

 

  • No tickets or booking needed – just come along and join in (allow at least 30 minutes for making)
  • Free
  • Materials provided
  • Children under 8 years need to bring an adult

This event is one of the Year In Our Town events organised by Stone and Water. There will be at least one event a month through to June so keep an eye here, on the Creeping Toad blog or on our facebook page “Stone and Water”

Old cards and new scenes: Christmas activity

Old cards and new scenes

a holiday activity for the festive season

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Having a bit of a fidget?
Nothing to do?
Bored?
And it’s raining again?

Why not dig out last year’s Christmas cards from the bundle at the bottom of the cupboard, or stealthily purloin one of this year’s, or the birthday cards you don’t quite want to throw out, or use a cereal packet (good card for making and folding, just maybe not as exciting in images as cards)

Make a little winter a scene to hang on a tree, a branch, a hook on the wall to stand on a shelf, or make a box to put that extra special present  

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You will need: a card or two, sharp scissors, a ruler, pencils or pens, glue (PVA is good here) and glue spreader, stapler, bradawl (or something for making holes – a pair of compasses would work), thin string

 

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Stage 1, cut the card in half

 

1. Cut the card in half along the fold – keep the “plain” half, you will need it later

 

 

 

2. Using the picture half of the card, on the reverse, draw a margin maybe 2 cm from each edge of the card

3. Where the lines cross at the corners, carefully cut along one of those lines to the point where the lines meet (we cut the scribbled blue lines here)

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3, Cut to the corners

4. This card usually folds quite sharply, so now (use the ruler for a straight edge if you want to) fold up along each of those lines and where you have cut in, fold the short bit to make a corner

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4. folded

 

5. Before glueing it all together, decide: if you are making a scene, keep the picture on the inside of the box. If you are making a box: you might want the picture inside or on the outside (you could always line the inside with some spare wrapping paper, or make a bigger box to become a lid.). Reverse the folding if you want to change the position of the picture

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5. Glued and stapled

5. Making sure the sides of your box are sharply upright, glue the corner tabs onto the next side. A staple will hold it all in place. If the outside is too plain, you could colour it in or add some coloured tape. Or sprinkle it with glitter!

 

 

 

6. While the glue dries, prepare the scene to go in the box. Using the other piece of card (from stage 1 above), you could make a little tab to fix a figure to (we used some “embellishments” bought cheaply in a local craft shop), or you could draw your own character. Fix by glueing the tabs into the main scene. Again a staple might help. You might want to colour the tab so it fits into the background of the scenes. Some extra glitter might help again.

7. Use a bradawl or compasses to make a couple of holes (aim for places about 1/3 and 2/3 along the top side), thread a piece of glittery string or ribbon through, know it and hang your scene.

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Experiment with papers, colours, tapes, sequins. Try different places to hang them: from your ears? on your fingers (and create a fabulous dance around them)? a snowman’s nose?

 

Send us a picture and

we’ll post a gallery of scenes!

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Pompoms and boxes!

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Pompoms and boxes Winter scenes at the Green Man Gallery A gentle afternoon as the festive season starts. The Green Man Gallery’s Christmas sale all around us, a tree of glowing colour and rich green, and pompoms bouncing off the tables in an uncontrolled sort of a way….. The afternoon of decoration making as part […]

Midwinter decorations event

Midwinter Decorations

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

Sunday 1st December

12 – 4pm

 

Glittery pom-poms, beautiful boxes, ribbon pom-poms, Stocking Snaffler, Mince-pie Muncher, Present Peeker, frilly pom-poms.

 

a cluster of chilly pom-poms

From naughty Yulelad decorations for a branch to pom-poms for trees, windows, noses, ears and anywhere you like, join the Stone and Water team to make some lively and unusual festive decorations! We will be recycling old cards into lovely boxes (bring some of yours if you have old cards)  and turning stray ends of wool, ribbon and thin fabric (again bring some if you have any – but not if you are wearing it!).

 

In Iceland, there are stories of the children of the trolls Grylla and Leppaludi who come to town over the Christmas season looking for badly-behaved children. The stories started there but the Yule Lads have become a bit gentler and maybe a bit less fearsome and a bit more tricksy over the years. A long way from Iceland, we still reckon there could be some Yule Lads and Yule Lasses causing a bit of mischief in the houses of Buxton over the next next few weeks. We’ll be making our own Yule-kids to hang in the branches of our trees. Who would you add? Stocking Snaffler? Cracker Cruncher? Help us design our own Yule trouble-makers!

Join the Stone and Water team to make your own personal and distinctive decorations for this festive season

Stocking Snaffler in action

Time: 12 – 4pm

Place: Green Man Gallery (main gallery), HArdwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton, SK17 6PY

Cost: nothing! The event is free, materials, help and extra laughter re provided

Booking: no tickets or bookings are needed, just drop by and join in. Allow 30 minutes to make a couple of things

Children: please bring a grown-up with you

The Gallery: the Green Man Gallery’s Winter exhibition will be in full blizzard by this time so do bring some pennies and maybe some pounds with you and perhaps you will find that unique present for a special person!

 

This event is one of the Year In Our Town events organised by Stone and Water

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Day in Buxton

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Apple Day

Sunday 13th October

11am – 3pm

Serpentine Community Farm, Buxton*

 

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Apple Rock Star, one day

Autumn and ’tis the season for apples and fruit and the richness that comes before the frost….Apple Day in Buxton

 

Our Stone and Water artists are joining the Serpentine Farm team for a day of Apple-related excitements!

 

There will be apple puppets and orchard books. There will be apple bobbing and apple pom-poms. Can you peel the longest peel? This is one of those challenges that people always rise to – or turn to, or maybe curl to like the peel that unrolls…and then snaps

 

Low applesCome and take a tour of these lovely community gardens with their flowerbeds and vegetable plots and pause for some refreshments and a chat about gardens, apples and just about anything really….we’re a friendly bunch!

 

There will be an Apple Press on site if you have fruit you would like to juice. You need to bring your own container – 2 kilos of apples give about 1 litre of juice

No tickets are needed for this event and for the Stone and Water activities at least, the activity is free and materials are provided

 

This event is part of Stone and Water’s A Year in Our Town project, aiming to deliver at least one free public event or activity every month. We are planning December decorations, January lights, wildlife walks, kite making and more – other suggestions are welcome!

*Serpentine Community Farm, off Burlington Rd, Buxton, SK17 9AR

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Strange and wonderful creatures

Strange and wonderful creatures

free family event

Saturday 21st September

12:00 – 16:00

Buxton Country Park,

Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH

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Mice, moles, minibeasts? Who knows?

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there might be someone sinister

We want to populate the woods with animals that might, that should or, in our wildest dreams, really ought to live there.

Make your own tiny puppets with our artists Sarah Males and Gordon (from Creeping Toad) then use your phone or one of our cameras to make your own wildlife documentary

 

  • This event is free (car parking charges at the Park still apply)
  • Materials are provided
  • No booking or tickets are needed, just drop by and join in

 

This event is part of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Family Activity Day in Buxton. There will be other activities in Pavilion Gardens and at Lightwood
Will there be monsters?

There might be rabbits…or badgers…or woodlice….or spiders

Will there be butterflies, and bumblebees and dragonflies clinging to fingers?

We do not know,

We cannot say,

Until wonderful ideas and nimble fingers

draw our animals into life on their cardboard shapes…

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