ART:JAMMING in Inverkeithing

Some fantastic photos of Inverkeithing Arts Initiative’s most recent event, the ART:JAM on Saturday 12th September at the Inverkeithing Civic Centre.

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Images: Getting Ready for the first visitors & Tea and Biscuits

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Images: Creative Workshops in Inverkeithing & Tom Bishop-de-Main

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Images: Lainy Allison & Tartan Hearts

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Images: Earthen Images & Maria Hickman

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Images: Children’s Creative Activities & Karen Trotter and Tubular

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Images: Elaine Bews & Norman Bews Photography

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Images: Alchemist’s Forge & Ann’s Doodles

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Images: Filo di Lana & Seacycle

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Images: Yellowboots & Bigbyrd Designs

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Images: Serenity & Barbary Wood

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Images: Boxoftrix & The Jammy Piece of Art Raffle

Eighteen artists and crafters got together to show and sell their work, chat, make connections, and to see old friends and make new ones. Visitors to the ART:JAM Art & Craft Market had a fun day out, with lots to see and do, and had the opportunity to stock up on beautiful, quirky and original art and crafts to treasure and give inspiration.

There was a fantastic FOOD:JAM too, provided by the Inverkeithing Food Group, next door in the Inverkeithing’s beautiful medieval Friary, offering a delicious selection of locally produces fresh food for visitors to sample.

Visitors could also strike a pose and take a snap in the Matty and Vee Vintage Caravan Photobooth. The brainchild of Sue Walker and Iwan Thomas, the caravan is a happy marriage of vintage styling and design coupled with the latest in modern technology.

All in all, a great day in happening Inverkeithing, and the only question everyone kept asking was “when’s the next one, count me in!”

 

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sustain:ability – The ART:JAM Artists and Crafters

All eighteen artists and crafters who are taking part in the ART:JAM on Saturday 12th September at Inverkeithing Civic Centre have sustain:ability in their creative practice in at least one of the ways described below: 

environmental sustain:ability:

Artists and crafters who specialise in the field of re-purposing and re- cycling materials, up-cycling items and obtaining materials from sustainable sources.

economic sustain:ability

Making, selling and buying creative, hand-made and local produce of any kind is a big part of maintaining a strong, sustainable and meaningful local economy.

 community sustain:ability 

Communities are sustained when people get together to talk, laugh, plan and organise, explore difficulties, grow, cook and eat food together and make beautiful and useful things together. Community crafting groups and community art projects are an integral part of this aspect of sustainability.

 personal sustain:ability

Taking part in creative activities, creating art, enjoying and experiencing the creative arts, are all deeply fulfilling, increase wellbeing, and can be vital to our sense of identity. We communicate with each other and work out our problems through the practice of self expression through art, growing in confidence as individuals and as communities, either in a localised or broader sense.

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 Throughout the next year, Inverkeithing Arts Initiative will be exploring the concept, through events and projects which focus on many different interpretations of the word sustain and how we attain sustainability or find sustenance in our lives, as individuals and as a community, particularly through the application and practice of, involvement and interaction with the Creative Arts.

We’ll be hosting and arranging art & craft workshops, community-based projects, interactions between the public and practicing makers, and opportunities for local makers to exhibit and sell their work.

To contact us with your thoughts and feedback on the year of sustain:ability email us info@inverkeithingarts.org

Bigbyrd Designs – the art of repurposing

From the fertile imagination of Bigbyrd Designs comes an array of wonderful items created from repurposed materials, including old electronic parts such as circuit boards and computer keyboards. From jewellery to clocks, the results are fun, unique and very appealing!

Bigbyrd Designs will have a stall at Inverkeithing Arts Initiative’s forthcoming Art & Craft Market, The ART:JAM, being held on Saturday 12th September 2015, 11am-4.30pm at Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA

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Yellowboots – jute bags for life

The jute bags which Yellowboots use as their base are made from jute fibre which is 100% bio-degradable and recyclable and thus environmentally friendly.

“We source these from a company called Gojute who are an ethical producer of jute bags. They are manufactured in India which conforms to Fairtrade standards.

We then decorate and customise these bags ourselves by hand to create themed, fun, designer bags. All the bags are resuable ‘bags for life’ alternative to plastic throwaway bags. This includes lunch bags, gift bags, shopping bags etc.

The designs are created using ribbon, buttons, and fabrics including anything from felt to harris tweed. All the decoration (cut, stitched, glued!) is done ourselves by hand.”

These jute bags have the appeal of being incredibly useful, environmentally friendly, and just darned lovely to use!

Yellowboots will be joining as at the ART:JAM on Saturday 12th September 11am-4.30pm.

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Maria Hickman – handmade felt collectables

Maria Hickman is a prolific and inventive local felter, creating a host of cute and collectable felt and cross-stitch figures such as owls, budgies, dogs, kittens, monkeys, spacemen, robots and superheroes! Also all manner of useful items like pincushions, sewing kits, pencil pots and wedding ring pillows.

Maria will be joined by her crew of loveable creatures at our ART:JAM Art & Craft Market on Saturday 12th September, 11am-2pm.

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The Barbary Wood – for the love of vintage

Inspired by a love of vintage style, The Barbary Wood creates costume jewellery, using reworked beads, faux pearls, faux amber, crystal, Art Deco style beads and U.S. brass stampings. The vintage feel also extends to mixed media artwork, greeting cards and collage, all handmade with paper and found objects which are machine and hand stitched.

You can indulge your passion for this nostalgic and romantic look at The Barbary Wood’s stall at our ART:JAM on Saturday 12th September in Inverkeithing Civic Centre, 11am-4.30pm

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Tom Bishop-de-Main – a colourful life

Artist Tom Bishop-de-Main, born in the East End of London two years before the end of the war. Working from the tender age of 7 on a horse drawn bread cart. Tom has seen a colourful life from market worker, fairground attendant, rag and bone man to the Merchant Navy. (from Tom’s website)

Tom is also a musician, and has dabbled in writing, from children’s books, television and radio scripts to poetry.

A colourful life and a man of many colours, we are delighted to welcome Tom back to Inverkeithing to jam with us at the ART:JAM Art & Craft Market on Saturday 12th September, 11am-4.30pm in Inverkeithing Civic Centre.

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