Bright Ideas – Blaydon

Way back at the beginning of the residency one of the first groups I met with were the Blaydon Reading Activists: a group of 14 to 16year olds who meet weekly in the Library.bright ideas 3     I asked if they’d like to have a go at making something with lights and indeed they did. At that time super-heroes were a theme for them so we mused on making a recycled bottle super-hero ‘book’ sculpture for their section of the library. We settled on a type of bottle (apple juice) and style of cut and I’d drop by – drop off more bottles – from time to time, joining them occasionally for sessions. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday we finally brought all the elements together and installed. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe lights at the moment are battery operated but I’m hoping to swap to mains early in the new year. We all agreed it looks rather festive (I saw the odd ‘super-hero snow-man’ has worked his way into their designs). Their lovely ‘leader’ said: “I think it looks lovely, warm and welcoming and cheers up the library.  Enjoy, and many thanks to Karen for keeping her cool in the face of a bunch of over excited teenagers consuming too much sugar!”*

(*Just visible in the session photo are mugs of whipped cream and marshmallow laden hot chocolate.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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About karenrann

Karen is a visual artist drawn to working from a sense of place
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