CAER Studio October Review: Part 1

An entire clan of ‘Iron Age’ finger puppets!

October has been an exceptionally busy and productive month for CAER studio – so much so that we’ve had to spread this review across two blog posts! Here’s the first post, which covers several workshops devised and led by CAER Studio artists between 8th and 21st of October.

The second post will follow soon so please stay tuned

Iron Age weaving at Pencaerau Primary School.

October 8th & 18th: Iron Age Weaves at Pencaerau Primary School

CAER Studio artists Nicola Parsons and Becci Holmes led a fantastic workshop with the Pencaerau Primary School parent group in which participants were led on a journey of discovery into Iron Age spinning, felting and weaving. Participants created their own beautiful weaves using traditional methods, fibres and natural dyes including woad!

October 8th: Finger Puppet Character Workshop at Our Place: Dusty Forge 

Becci Holmes also led a wonderfully imaginative workshop with regular participants from the ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely) Arts Group, creating incredibly cute ‘Iron Age’ finger puppet characters.

CAER Studio Linocut Print Workshop – work in progress at Made in Roath.

October 21st: Linocut Print Workshop at Made in Roath

On October 21st CAER Studio went on tour to faraway Roath Park!

CAER Studio artists Becci Holmes and Imogen Higgins were joined by special guest artist John Abell, collaborating on a lino-cut printing workshop based on heritage themes and patterns from Caerau and Ely’s extraordinarily rich past. John Abell is an artist and print maker who grew up in Caerau and Ely and who has since become an artist of national repute. He was runner-up for Welsh Artist of the Year in 2013 and his work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and represented in important private collections in Wales, England and the USA.

John also led a fantastic workshop with the ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely) Arts Group – he was extremely impressed with the creativity and talents of the artists who participated. It has been a real privilege to have John involved in our project!

Special guest artist John Abell busy at work with the ACE Monday Art Group at Our Place: Dusty Forge

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