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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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

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Beasts of Buxton

what beast would you become?

The Lost Beasts of Buxton

make a mask, a hat, a monster

1 – 4pm, Saturday 29th June

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

 

Make a carnival mask or hat inspired by our very own sabre-tooth cats, cave lions, wild horses and mammoths.

Once upon a time, and not so long ago, there were wolves in the Peak District hills, wild boars in the woods and beavers in the rivers. Once there were wild ponies here, and cave lions, reindeer and bears. There were scimitar-toothed cats and straight-tusked elephants. Before that, long and longer ago, there were strange sharks swimming in ancient limestone seas.

What wonderful animal would you celebrate?

You might make something that lives here now, something that lived here once or even something that really should have lived here (unicorns, maybe?)

 

are you a colourful shark person perhaps?

This event is free, no booking or tickets needed. Children under 7 should bring a grown-up with them and you need to allow 45 minutes to make an animal hat

Venue:

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Terrace Rd

Buxton

SK17 6DA

 

Celebrate the ancient animals of the Peaks and join Two Left Hands in the Buxton Carnival Parade on Saturday July 13th. Check the Two Left Hands facebook page for parade details and meeting points: Two Left Hands.

2LH at Buxton Carnival, 2018

This is the first event in our new “A Year In Our Town” project. We are aiming to have at least one event a month that will encourage people to find out more, explore and celebrate Buxton and the High Peak

Look out for the next events!

 

Lost Beasts is a Stone and Water event in partnerhsip with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Creeping Toad

 

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…..

Bumble book

 

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

card cover and tearing paper for a bookblock

 

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:

  • pop-ups?

    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?

ready for a cover

 

 

 

 

 

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

how will you decorate your books?

 

 

 

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

Goldsitch Moss holds memories, stories and precious wildlife