a book of bees?

Build your own book

a Derwent Stories activity

On our Bumbles, butterflies and picnics day with Derwent Stories, we made Bumble Books and drew in these the insects and flowers we were finding.   These are concertina books which essentially fit one long folded strip of paper into a cover. Once you are used to doing these, you could experiment – stick books together by the cover to make thicker volumes, have sections that fold out in different directions….

You will need:

  • 1 piece of thin cardboard (about 15cm x 10.5cm)
  • scissors
  • glue or a gluestick
  • paper for the bookblock (see below)
  • pencils, wax crayons, coloured pencils, scrap paper…

we made bumble, butterfly, bug and beetle books

Make your bookblock: this is the set of pages that make the body of the book. You might use a long strip of paper (A2 (flipchart sized) cut into quarters lengthwise works well) or take a sheet of A4 (standard printer size) and cut or tear it in half lengthways. Overlap the ends by about 1cm and stick them together. We have a prepared sheet (“Bumble book”) that should print out on A4 paper with pictures of bees and butterflies and a couple of boxes to help you make this first book. Fold it in half, lengthwways, overlap the ends and glue…..

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Write a poem for a page?

Falling sky splinters
Into scabious and cornflower blue,
While tormentil nestles in the grass,
Droplets of sunshine on the green

 

Concertina: fold your strip of paper in half and then in half again. Unfold it: this should give you 8 sections of about the same size. Use those folds as guides to now fold the paper into a zig-zag pattern

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Try an acrostic perhaps? 

M – many harvest mice hiding

I  – in the long grass, swaying,

C – curl up in careful nests

E – every night in safety.

 

strip folded 3 times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

strip folded again to make a concertina

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you are ready to make your book! It is easier to work on the book before you fit it into the cover. Work on one side of your paper. On your pages you might:

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    write

  • draw
  • add a patch of scrap paper and draw on that
  • make a pocket
  • do a rubbing
  • print
  • add a map
  • make a pop-up
  • think of something else….

 

add a map?

pockets? 

When it is done decide if you are having

  1. a) a book that unfolds completely – stick one end page into the cover. You could now work on the back side of your pages (Picture 9: stick one end of the finished block into the cover)”

Or

  1. b) a book that is fixed at both ends. If you are going for this, you might need to refold your concertina so it looks like picture 10 (Both ends ready to glue in)

 

Cover: fold the card in half. Decorate the cover. Glue in the book block….Title? Author?

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Please, send us a picture of your finished book! stoneandwater@btinternet.com

how will you decorate your books?

 

 

 

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Summer excitements!

Laughter, buzzards, buildings and fun

A season of family events

From fabulous buildings to amazing creatures, from wide skies and rolling clouds to blizzards, rain and vanishing rivers, we’ll be celebrating the wonderful world of the South West Peak. Picking up on themes around wildlife, history, buildings and people, these events will invite participants to think about their homes, explore a bit, find fossils in walls, butterflies in hedgerows, who knows what or where

We have 8 days of activity planned. Some places are stand-alone events. At others, we’ll invite participants to also propose ideas for a future winter event – maybe we should make lanterns of the houses in your village, maybe have a cosy storytelling session, maybe we should make kites of local birds…We also have 1 “emergency excitement” day for the summer when someone or somewhere within the South West Peak could come to us and say “could you come and do something here please?” – no guarantees, but do get in touch! (stoneandwater@btinternet.com)

These events are free

  • No booking is needed – just come along and join in
  • Children under 8 need to bring a grown-up with them
  • Each day will offer a mix of storytelling and art activities around different themes

JULY

Saturday 7th

Dove Valley Meadows Meander

Dove Valley Centre, SK17 0PR

12 – 4

Art, stories and exploring the beautiful meadows of the Dove valley

lost castle from Warslow, maybe?

AUGUST

Wednesday 15th

The lost castles of the moorlands

Warslow Village Hall

10 – 12, 1- 3

Haunted houses and lost castles: the buildings of the Moorlands – make your own strange or mysterious, wild, weird or wonderful house!

 

Tuesday 21st

Wild beasts and fabulous flowers

St Bartholomew’s School playing field, Longnor

10 – 12, 1 – 3

Bees, flowers, butterflies and wildlife: fill your fingers with a field full of creatures

 

Wednesday 29th (August)

Details to be confirmed (see contact below)

Taxal: event planned beside St James’ church: check for details

10 – 12, 1- 3

Tasty, crunchy, juicy…and is there a story, too?

 

OCTOBER

Sunday 14th

Apple Day

Dove Valley Centre, SK17 0PR

(times to be confirmed)

An orchard full of puppet people!

For more information, look at

Stone and Water facebook page

Stone and Water blog: https://stoneandwaterblog.wordpress.com/

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

Emergency excitement event! We have a day available to a community or community group in the South West Peak area for sometime in August or September: we will bring activities if you can offer a space and an opportunity open to anyone. Talk to Gordon or Sarah at our email address or at an event

The Summer Excitements programme is supported by South West Peak and the Bingham Trust

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Festival Fringe excitements, July 2018

The Tiny! Tide rolls in again!

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For the umpteenth time (we’ve lost track of how many Tiny! Days we’ve had), a Tiny! Event will cheerfully frolic its way into the Pavilion Gardens for some Tiny! fun. We are also involved in the Lost Stories event on 19th and the Buxton Pride Picnic on 21st (separate entry following)

 

On Tiny! Days we aim to make “nothing bigger than your hand” (more or less) and this year, we invite you to join us in making a whole underwater world. Mermaids and monsters, sharks, dolphins and seahorses: who knows what will be wriggling in our seaweed?

We’ll make fabulous finger-mermaids, ferocious thumb-lobsters and finger squid, hand-horrors and small sea horses…..

 

We’ll bring materials and a submarine landscape waiting for inhabitants (but you get to keep your own ones)

 

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Place: Pavilion Gardens next to the small children’s playground (look for our events shelter, the fluttering fish and the crochet coral reef in the middle of the tent….Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BE

Times: 11 – 3 with us having a bit of a break somewhere in that for lunch

Costs: nothing at all but we would like a smile!

Materials: we’ll provide the bits, you provide the fingers

Grown-ups: adults are welcome and children under 7 need to bring a grown-up with them anyway

 

A Buxton Festival Fringe event

 

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Lost Stories of Buxton

Date: Thursday 19th July

Place: Buxton Library, Kents Bank Rd, Buxton, SK17 9HW

Sessions: 10.30 – 12.30, 1.30 – 3.30

Buxton secrets: help us invent the lost stories of Buxton. Storyteller Gordon MacLellan (Creeping Toad) will be there for a morning (or afternoon) of secret passages, treasures, ghosts and adventures. Hear old stories and make up new ones, turning stories into storycastles and wonderwoods.

Costs: nothing, the event is free

Booking: no tickets needed, just drop by and join in

Bits and pieces: we’ll provide the materials

Grown-ups: adults are welcome and children under 7 need to bring a grown-up with them anyway

 

Another Buxton Festival Fringe event!

 

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Summer adventures

Over the summer months, Stone and Water are hoping to arrange exciting events in different places as part of several projects

 

We cannot release definite dates and times yet as we are still waiting for funding to confirm but as the summer unfolds around us and flowers open and butterflies flutter, we wanted our friends out there to know that we haven’t forgotten you and to keep your eyes open for news!

 

All these activities will develop in conjunction with our friends at Creeping Toad so events will be posted on Toadpages as well.

 

Derwent Stories

Events across the Derwentwise area – more or less along valley of the River Derwent from Cromford to Derby

 

Events will range from art and storywalks to picnic days with time to make, think, draw and explore

 

These events will be free and open to everyone but their structure and activities will be aimed at young people with additional needs and their families

 

Partners: Umbrella and Derwentwise

 

Summer excitements

Events in the Southwest Peak area ranging from haymeadows in the Upper Dove Valley to picnics in Taxal and ghost stories and old buildings in the Moorlands

 

Partners: Southwest Peak, Dove Valley Centre

 

With the Derwent Stories and Summer excitements projects, we will post definite dates and details as soon as we can. These will be posted here and also on our facebook page

 

Buxton

And in Buxton, we will be part of the Festival Fringe again

Sunday 15th July TINY! AN UNDERWATER WORLD
We are back as the Tiny! team for another day of making and laughter. Join us in creating a whole submarine world in our sea tent. Mermaids and monsters, sharks, dolphins and seahorses: who knows what will be wriggling in our seaweed? Join us in the Gardens near the young children’s playground.
11am to 3pm Free, Ages 2+

 

Thursday 19th July LOST STORIES OF BUXTON Buxton secrets: help us invent the lost stories of Buxton. Join storyteller Gordon MacLellan for a morning (or afternoon) of secret passages, treasures, ghosts and adventures. Hear old stories and make up new ones, turning stories into storycastles and wonderwoods. No tickets needed. Drop by and join in. All materials provided.
Buxton Library 10:30am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 3:30pm Free

 

Saturday 21st THE BUXTON PRIDE PICNIC Celebrate Queer Buxton (LGBT+ and friends!) with an afternoon of graceful silliness and frivolous strength. Bring your own exquisite nibbles, an umbrella or parasol if appropriate, and join us for a picnic as elegant as we can make it. Winner of last year’s Spirit of the Fringe Award.
Pavilion Gardens – Swimming Pool Lawns 2pm to 5pm Free

 

With all our summer events, we gratefully acknowledge support from The Bingham Trust

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Summer events and other excitements!

Leek: once again
New display and event moments

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Our Leek: once, now and next project has been a great success. From a “Birthday Party for a Lost Abbey” to far more sensible history talks, embroidery and appliqué sessions and a pop-up street from the lost years of Leek, project ideas and activities have engaged and excited visitors

Now we have a few last sessions and a few opportunities for some more….

Come and join us!

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eventful times in Leek: once

May 2015:
all month the spectacular Cope for a Lost Abbot will be on display in the foyer of The Green Man Gallery in Buxton (check out the Gallery’s website for opening times)*

23, 24, 25th May: our exhibition of work and activities from the project will join the Cope on display in the The Green Man Gallery. Beautiful photos reaching from Leek, once (ruins, memories, dreams) to Leek, now (visitors capturing their own ideas, participants working on projects) with opportunities for you to add your thoughts of Leek: next

Sunday 24th May: Princely Pennants and Princess Flags: 1 – 4pm, The Green Man Gallery: join us to design your own summer flag. Invent a Coat of Arms. Create monsters for brave knights and bold heroines. Add an image to our Wild Pennant. Free event: just drop by and join in but allow 30 minutes for your flagging. Children under 7, need to bring a grown-up with them. Materials provided. The mess you make yourself

once upon a time in the High Peak

once upon a time in the High Peak

Wednesday 27th May: The Lost Castles of Buxton; 10 -12, 1- 3, Buxton Museum. The Display will be up again in the museum and we’ll be inviting you to step back in time and make the house you think, hope, or worry, that you might have lived in when Dieulacres Abbey was at its height and Leek was the focal point for trade, travel and villainy across the Moorlands. Free event. No booking needed. Children under 7, need to bring a grown-up with them. Materials provided.

June 2015
Sunday 7th June: The Big Bird, Beast and Botany Hunt, Dove Valley Centre, 12 – 4 pm. Our display and our artists head back into the Staffordshire Moorlands for an afternoon at the delicious Dove Valley Centre. Tucked into the Upper Dove Valley, the Centre welcomes visitors to the start of summer with wildflower meadows, an orchard, explorations of river wildlife and a generally lovely afternoon. We’ll be there with summer flags and stories, encouraging you to capture summer on a fluttering pennant or brand a story-hero or adventure-horror on a flag for yourself

Would you like a session?
We have a bit of water here at the bottom of the well to offer other groups. If you  are interested in a session for your local group (Staffordshire Moorlands, High Peak, Derbyshire Dales), get in touch! We could come and do a lively “making” workshop, a careful sewing/applique/fabric painting session, tell stories or just talk to your group about what we have been doing.

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Email Gordon at creepingtoad@btinternet.com or call on 07791 096857

* The display (and especially the Cope) features work by groups from our project partners Borderland Voices so if you would like to see some BV achievements, here is another reason to come and visit us!

Leek: once, now and next is supported by:

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Unrolling Leek!

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Unrolling Leek!

on a long piece of paper!

Saturday 18th October

2 – 4 pm

Foxlowe Arts Centre

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Enjoying October’s Big Draw theme with events running across the country, we’ll be drawing all your favourite places in Leek on one huge piece of paper. Whether you like Brough Park or the Foxlowe, or both, or William Plummer’s anchor memorial, that strange old house down the road, the Market Place on market day to your own back garden, everywhere works!

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who knows the secret places of the town?

The long frieze will stay with our team and contribute to the Birthday Party for a Lost Abbey event on Saturday 25th (details will follow!) so if you’d like a small piece of Leek to take home, we’ll make pop-up cards of your favourite places

Saturday morning there is another Leek: once, now and next event in Leek Library so why not join us there for some stories before an afternoon of scribbling! Old stories, new adventures

At the same time, our friends from Borderland Voices will be inviting people to add words to our pictures, growing lines, and patterns and poems alongside drawings and shaping Leek through poems and paragraphs…

Details

Date: Saturday 18th October 2014

Time: 2 – 4pm: free, no booking needed, just turn up and join in – but we’ll say “no new participants” after 3.30

Where: Foxlowe arts Centre, Market Place, Leek, ST13 6AD

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Ancient Adventures

Ancient Adventures

pop-up landscapes emerge into stories

pop-up landscapes emerge into stories

Tuesday 28th October

Leek Library

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Exploring the lost medieval landscapes of Leek,  come along and make your own medieval castle or pop up abbey. Then make some tiny puppets to tell some of the lost tales of Leek!

Where: Leek Library, Church St, Leek

When: 10am – 12noon or 1.00 – 3pm. This event is free and no booking is needed: just drop by and join in – but give yourself about 45 minutes to go adventuring

Children 7 years old or less need to bring a sort of sensible or at least well-behaved grown-up with them, please

Supported by Staffordshire County Council Library Service

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