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family activity pack

Eye Spy Craft Trail

Write a Short Story

Easy Finger Knitting

Make a Paper Trainer


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??????? Eye Spy Craft Trail

As you walk around the exhibition, try to answer these simple questions.

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How many different craft disciplines can you count in this exhibition?

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Can you list three of them?

Can you find Karina Thompson’s large black and grey quilt? What technique does Karina use to create the images?

1) What is the imagery of?

2) 3)

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How many times is the image repeated?

Now look for Jennifer Collier’s works. What are they? a) b) c) Jennifer uses paper to create her sculptures. Can you list the different papers she has used?

Made in the Middle Contemporary craft from across the Midlands

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Next look for Imogen Luddy’s work. Imogen creates digitally produced work recreating traditional textiles such as lace and crochet in modern materials like metal and plastic. Using the graph paper below can you create your own lace design? Simply shade or put a cross in the selected boxes to represent stitches.

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??????? Eye Spy Craft Trail

As you walk around the exhibition, try to answer these simple questions.

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Can you find this work by Gill Wilson? What material is it made from?

Gill is inspired by geometric patterns found in nature. What different natural objects are you reminded of when you look at this artwork?

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Find this piece of work. What is the name of the maker who made it? What is it made from? What does it do?

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Now find this work by Maggie Smith. How many different materials do you think are used to make this piece? And what are the materials?

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What is this piece of work by Ruth Spaak made from? How many colours has Ruth used? What does it remind you of?

Made in the Middle Contemporary craft from across the Midlands

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Write a Short Story Look for the piece of work (below) by Imogen Aust called INSTRUCTION-RESPONSE-ACTION. Imogen makes work that looks like it could be a switch or an emergency alarm cord.

Imagine you pulled the cord of the piece below. Can you write a short story about what happens next? Try to include as many of these key words as you can. CRAFT

SILVER

SKILLS

KNITTING

MIDDLE

GLASS

MADE

Please remember that this is just imaginary, the golden rule in galleries is DO NOT TOUCH.

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Please don’t touch the exhibits. You can visit the handling table to pick thing ups and explore the materials.

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Easy Finger Knitting Finger knitting is easy and very addictive. Once you have the hang of it you won’t want to stop! We’ve used 2 strands together here, but try with only 1 strand for a super-lacy effect.

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Take 2 yarns of different colours and tie them together. Tie the end around your thumb.

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Repeat stages 2 and 3. Bring the working yarn around your forefinger and let it drop to the back. There should be 2 ‘stitches’ on each finger.

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Repeat stage 2 and 3 and place the working yarn across your palm, then repeat stage 5. Give your knitting a gentle tug every so often to straighten it out.

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With your palm towards you and keeping your work loose, take the working yarn under and over your fingers.

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Take hold of the bottom loop on your little finger and drop it off the back of your finger. Do the same on your ring finger, middle and forefingers, in that order. Push the ‘stitches’ down your fingers.

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Repeat stage 5 until you have reached the desired length, or run out of yarn.

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Your finger knitting can be used for lots of things. Try a friendship bracelet, a necklace or decorations. See what ideas you can come up with!

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Now bring the working yarn around and over the little finger, under the ring finger, over the middle finger and under the forefinger.

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Unhook the tie from round your thumb and drop it to the back of your hand through your forefinger and middle finger. There should be 1 ‘stitch’ on each finger at this stage.

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Cut the working yarn leaving about 20 cms. Now on the palm side thread the cut yarn through each of the ‘stitches’. Push the ‘stitches’ off your fingers and gently pull the thread tight and secure it with a knot. You are now a finger knitter!


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Jennifer Collier inspired trainer Here’s something to do at home. Follow the instructions to make your very own paper trainer in the style of Jennifer Collier. This design was created by our Made in the Middle apprentice Vicky, during her residency at Jennifer’s studio. If you want to make it more personal why not photocopy the template and collage across the reverse side before following the step-by-step instructions. Converse trainer step by step guide.

1. Cut out all the shapes.

2. Punch the 6 holes in the u shaped piece.

3. Fold all tabs on the templates inwards, towards the non-decorated side.

4. Starting in the MIDDLE of the U-shaped piece, sellotape the tabs onto one of the sole shapes, putting the sellotape onto the non decorated side of the sole template (so both decorated sides are face up). 5. Glue overlap at the back of the heel.

soles

6. Sellotape the tongue inside the shoe and bend in the middle. 7. Starting at the BACK of the shoe, sellotape the strip around the bottom (this will mean there will be sellotape over the tabs you have just taped). HANDY HINT: fold the strip in half so you know where the middle is and start with the middle tab at the back of the heel.

8. Sellotape the toe cap over the front of the shoes, again using the tabs.

tongue

10. Thread a ribbon through the holes and tie the laces.

11. WELL DONE!

strip

9. Glue the second sole onto the bottom to hide all construction.

overlap

toe cap

U-shaped piece

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