The Tiny! PIrates were passing through!

Tiny! Pirates and their friends

Sunday 12th July 2015

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

 

a bold explorer in her useful hat and clutching a treasure map!

a bold explorer in her useful hat and clutching a treasure map!

Review of last Sunday’s day of pirates, rain and slightly soggy people

This event was part of Buxton Festival Fringe. For more  excitements, visit Buxton Festival Fringe and BUY SOME TICKETS!

 

Triumphant Pirate-makers

Triumphant Pirate-makers

 

I’m not going to ramble on about what we did, here is the review from the Fringe – with our pics

Stone and Water have been a fixture of the Fringe for as long as I can remember, always bringing good ideas and a relaxing atmosphere to their imaginative outdoor workshops for young children – as well as some good messages about looking after the environment.

Their Tiny! Shows, involving making adorably tiny people out of pipe cleaners, material and scraps, have been running in the Pavilion Gardens since 2010 and are as popular as ever with their first session on Sunday morning attracting some 45 people including parents and guardians.

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a slightly surprised fairy

a slightly surprised fairy

Gordon MacLellan, better known as Creeping Toad, leads the workshops with plenty of patience and humour, wisely allowing young children’s creativity full rein. When I was there they created fairy pirates, glam pirates with fake tans, pirates so excited that their heads fell off, funky explorers, mermaids and all sorts of hybrids of those. The Stone and Water team have realised that parents and children like to treat this as a drop-in event so nothing is too structured and the children are encouraged to do what they are really burning to do with their Tiny people – namely run around with them a lot.

The children show great involvement – so much so that I heard a parent saying with a tinge of desperation: “Can we go home and have some lunch now?” Needless to say it fell on deaf ears – it was far too tempting to stay under the tree with the pirate bunting and all those colourful materials!

For more information about all Stone and Water’s fun activities see: https://stoneandwaterblog.wordpress.com/

Stephanie Billen

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Tiny! Pirates and their friends

Sunday 12th July

2 sessions

10am – 12noon

1pm – 3pm

 

 

Pirate ship 50-lowThe Tiny! Pirates are back! Join us and make you own tiny! Pirates, mermaids, monsters and more. Then set off on your own Tiny! quest

Materials provided. Just bring yourself, a grown-up (if you are under 7 years old) and a sense of adventure!

 

In Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. You’ll find us near the Playground – look for the Jolly Roger under a tree and the pirate bunting!

A free event, no bookings or tickets needed. (Donations to costs, are seldom refused, however! We are Pirates, after all!)

Part of the Buxton Festival Fringe

 

 

 

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The Return of the Tiny! Pirates!

a pirate camp, complete with Jolly Roger

a pirate camp, complete with Jolly Roger

We have been doing Tiny! events for a few years now as part of the Buxton Festival Fringe. Aiming to run events and often create celebrations where nothing is bigger than a hand we have had Tiny! lantern processions, met Faeries, Goblins and Trolls and have been visited twice by the Terrible Tiny Pirates

This year’s Return of the Pirates can perhaps best be summed up with the Fringe review – for which, many thanks!

It must have been the hottest day in Buxton, this year and a Saturday too! The Pavilion Gardens was bursting with picnickers, cricketers, the ‘frisbie families’ and sunbathers.

pirates are notoriously unstable and fall from their elegant Tiny! galleons at the slightest ripple on the Sea of Hands

pirates are notoriously unstable and fall from their elegant Tiny! galleons at the slightest ripple on the Sea of Hands

I passed the first test, which was to find the crew of stone & water, across the train tracks and past the paddling families, they were sat in the shade of an oak tree surrounded by a dozen quietly busy children with some mothers and fathers looking on.

A child asked the ‘captain’ who was encouraging their creative activity, “How old are you and what is your name?” He replied, “I am 435 years old and I’m often called Toad”.

While I was there, children came and went. They left smiling, proudly clutching their completed models, pirate boats with sails and portholes, pipe cleaner pirates with frowning faces wielding tiny cutlasses. I watched as one shy girl constructed ‘Princess Pirate’ with a pink flowing dress, like an image from a Disney fantasy.

It was a haven of quietness as children patiently cut shapes of cloth for tiny clothing, shapes of coloured card to make boats and faces, carefully drawing and colouring small details to create their finished models.

It’s a shame they are here only once this year. Tomorrow, Fringe Sunday, is set to be another ‘scorcher’ and would have been an ideal occasion to complement the music, dance and magic in the Gardens, that is, if you can tear yourself away from Wimbledon.

If you are interested in the work of stone & water then you should go to their blog

a Tiny PIrate Captain (with Parrot)

a Tiny PIrate Captain (with Parrot)

The tide is running!

Stone and Water have had a lively few weeks.

 

Our Ancient Landscape project has been inviting people to paddle in a prehistoric Carboniferous sea all over the place, while our Tiny! series of events in Buxton Festival Fringe featured The Return of the Tiny! Pirates. Our working principle with Tiny! is that nothing is much bigger (if at all) than your hand – emphasising the delights of little things and how easy it is to make things quick, small and entertaining

We have visited

silk-worm coral and artwork

silk-worm coral and artwork

Lady Manners School – working with the Year 12 textile students

National Trust at Ilam Park for a Father’s Day event

Buxton Soroptomists where we gave an after-dinner talk complete with fossils, model trilobites and horseshoe crabs, and crochet seaweeds creeping across the tabletops

Peakabout Arts with High Peak Community Arts: with some beautifully deocrated felted kelps unfolding stickily across the workshop

cheerful work at Silverdale

cheerful work at Silverdale

Silverdale Knitting Group offering experienced knitters and crochet-masters new avenues for their creativity – and some fossils to enjoy.

Our artist Sarah, reports: “A lovely afternoon at Silverdale Library with the knitting group. We set off travelling back through time, as far back as 360m years ago, thinking about life in shallow seas. Images of corals, sea lilies and brachiopods living in our landscapes, long, long ago and far, far away. Today we have fossils, clear and tangible memories of life at that time. And our challenge? To help the reef grow, creating with crochet, fossilising with felt and knitting new creatures to populate this ancient landscape.

Hooks and needles, stitching and stabbing (needle felt!) and a busy room all combined to produce twisting coral shapes and felted fish, jellies and stars. Some Silverdale folks plan to visit Buxton”

And a reply from the Knitting group: “I just wanted to extend my thanks on behalf of the ladies who attended the session yesterday .We all had a brilliant time! Thank you again for arranging it for us. A couple of the ladies mentioned on the way out that they are going to drive up to Buxton for the open day! All in all I think it was very successful and I wish that Sarah could come to us every Friday!!”

 

giant ammonite drawing

giant ammonite drawing

 

 

the Tiny! Pirates are on their way back!

the Tiny! Pirates are coming back!

 

 

 

 

Remembering Love and Passion

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Image by Fran Halsall (link below)

Stone and Water grew out of a delightfully crazy set of lantern events that hit Buxton for 5, or possibly 6, years in the early 00s. After school and public workshops, In Pursuit of Love and Passion cavorted its way across the market place, down The Slopes and round the Pavilion Gardens on cold February nights.

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Propelled by the magnificent High Peak Samba, we dragged our way through Despair, let go of unresolved griefs (with the Wailing Women), reclaimed our forgotten dreams and under the gracious smiles of the Scarlet Women and the Goddess of Love and Passion danced our way into a smiling resolution.

L&P 10We worked on the reasoning that either a) it was more or less St Valentine’s Day so let’s set out in pursuit of some Love (and hope for passion as well) or b) this was the worse bit of winter, the time when winter just seems to be endless and that is the time we most need a bit of delight, excitement and silliness – so let’s go off and hunt for some Love and Passion

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The images from Love and Passion are delightful, so we’re going to post a few sets of them…Photos come from all sorts of people. Fran Halsall contributed a particularly memorable set several of which are to be seen here. We’ll credit other photographers as we go….but include Peter Philippson, Dave Lewis, Nick Lowe and moreL&P44

 

 

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Winter, wildlife and water week

Our Exploring with Stories project has added a few extra events to shape a week of exciting activities for the February holiday

 

 

Winter birdsWinter Stories

Tuesday 19th February

Capturing the cold with children’s stories and traditional tales and turning the best bits of those or your favourite wintry scenes into pop-up story cards and paper sculptures

       

Where? Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

When? 10 – 12 and 1 – 3, free, open public sessions for all the family (children under 8 need to bring a grown-up) no booking needed, just drop by and join in!

(the Museum has other activities on that week as well – visit their website to check out what else is on)

 

 

 

Raven Day

Friday 22nd February

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Celebrating the crows, ravens – and other birds – of the Peaks – making bird mask, fluttering birds on sticks and even origami birds to sit on fingers or shoulders

 

Where? Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

When? 2 sessions, 10 – 12 and 1 – 3, free, open public sessions for all the family (children under 8 need to bring a grown-up) no booking needed, just drop by and join in!

 

WaterSinging the Wells

Saturday 23rd February

A chance to enjoy playing with voices, stories, ideas and instruments.  Celebrating our ancient wells by singing stories, places, landscapes and water – to sing the Holy Wells of the Hills. No experience needed – just bring a sense of adventure and the readiness to join in! Led by musician and singer Jos Razzell

The end of this workshop will coincide with the Raven Walk so that we can join the procession and visit St Anne’s Well

 

Where: Green Man Gallery, 55 High St, Buxton, SK17 6HB When: 1.30 – 4pm. The workshop is free but places are limited: please email or phone to reserve a place: stoneandwater@btinternet.com, 07791 096857

 

 

The Raven Walk

Saturday 23rd February

4.30 – 5.30pm, meeting at Bath Road entrance to Pavilion Gardens

Join the Stone and Water crew at the end of this week of Winter, Wildlife and Water for a walk round Pavilion Gardens. Bring Friday’s Ravens or flags, hats or masks and we will salute the rich and ancient waters of the hills and  the wild and wonderful birds of our wild and wonderful winds!

 

if you are under 12, bring a grown-up with you so they can join in too!

 

Meeting points; Green Man Gallery and then the Bath Rd entrance to Pavilion Gardens, 4.30

Duration: 1 hour maybe?

celebrate the cheerful birds of the Peak District....

celebrate the cheerful birds of the Peak District….

 

...and the fiercer ones too!

…and the fiercer ones too!

 

 

 

 

we gratefully acknowledge the support of Awards For All

we gratefully acknowledge the support of Awards For All