Sunshine and Trilobites

Miller’s Dale, Saturday 6th April

Early morning: sorted and ready for action

Early morning: sorted and ready for action

A sunny day in the Peak District! This felt like an exciting release after weeks of cold snow and slippery roads and visitors came rushing out to bask in the sunshine.  And the stones were waiting!

rummaging in the fossil-pot

rummaging in the fossil-pot

limestone fossils and fingertip corals

limestone fossils and fingertip corals

galena in fluorspar?

galena in fluorspar?

ancient animal finger-puppets

ancient animal finger-puppets

We had a lovely day working with visitors to this peaceful stopping point on the Monsall Trail

We rummaged in the fossil-pot (thanks to the National Park Rangers for the wonderful chunks of limestone!)

We made new fingertip corals and personal trilobites

40 people went off to look at fossils along the Trail (thanks again to the Rangers for leading these)

 

a fossil-expedition setting off

a fossil-expedition setting off

prehistoric rockpool

prehistoric rockpool

personal nautiloid

personal nautiloid

And the rest of us (another 60 during the day), looked at stones, handled fossils, made models and enjoyed the sunshine!

Fossils, Art and Inspiration

 

Fossils, Art and Inspiration

2 days of art for grown-ups

Sunday 10th and Sunday 17ht March 2013

at the Dove Valley Centre, nr Longnor

experimenting with needle-felt and crochet

experimenting with needle-felt and crochet

two days of activities with artists from Stone and Water

 
printing

printing

 

These days are partly training for our existing volunteers, training for possible new volunteers and also just days for adults who’d like to have a go themselves. We have worried about the wording of these – we want to offer days for adults and teenagers rather than families – we do a lot of activities for family groups but sometimes it is good for grow-ups to have some creative time that is just for themselves…

These days also mark the overlap between the end of  our “Exploring with Stories” project and the start of the next phase of “Ancient Landscapes

drawing

drawing

 

Inspired by fossils from local limestone and the rich landscapes of the Upper Dove Valley, we’ll share skills, ideas and techniques giving ourselves time to experiment and reflect

 

No experience needed – just join in and have a go!

Workshops are free and materials are provided but spaces are limited so please book a place (either day or both)

Further details sent with confirmation

 

Sunday 10th: crochet your own coral, needle-felt a fish, printing fossils, small models of monsters

Sunday 17th: making tiny people, plankton cloths, casting fossils, just drawing, fossil lanterns

 

Booking and more information:

stoneandwater@btinternet.com

07791 096857

creating our own ancient rockpools

creating our own ancient rockpools

 

 

 

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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Ancient Landscapes

This blog is going to begin in the middle of a project. Over the next few days, we’ll fill in the background to “Ancient Landscapes” and our own organisation

Ancient Landscapes, May 2012

we’ve had a busy few days as the second phase of this project begins, or maybe as the tide runs again toward the full

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crocheting ancient landscapes takes concentration….

With Ancient Landscapes, we are looking at the limestone of the Peak District where we live and the fossils that rock contains. Then mixing observation, deduction and wild imagination, we work to create the original environments that spawned our limestone as installations in crochet, knitting, clay, beads, felt and anything else that takes our artists fancy!

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concentration and cups of tea….

The first installation is on display in Leek for the next two weeks as part of the Borderland Voices exhibit in the Emporium Art Exhibition (details to follow)

Meanwhile, a new group has taken up the challenge of extending the ancient landscape and a session at Buxton Museum last week, led on to a workshop at Fairfield Community Centre today. Five more sessions will follow and then we’ll see just how our coral garden grows before it unfolds its glories again in the Buxton Art Trail in the summer

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the first stage installation on display in Leek

Inspiration

Our use of crochet in Ancient Landscapes was inspired by the global Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project (http://crochetcoralreef.org/) whose influence we acknowledge even though we couldn’t afford to sign into their network as a community group.

The connection between those techniques, other artforms and our Peak District landscapes comes from ourselves, Stone and Water, our Buxton-based community group dedicated to celebrating the creativity of the people and landscapes of the Peaks.