Workshops at the Friary 2015 – Recycled Paper Jewellery

Inverkeithing Arts Initiative ran a series of six creative workshops in November and December 2015 in the beautiful setting of Inverkeithing’s medieval Friary. The series finished with two popular and exciting Recycled Paper Jewellery workshops. Everyone who took part enjoyed making beads using papier mache and rolled paper, which they then decorated, creating highly original pieces to be worn or used as home decorations.

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Previous workshops saw participants create large scale paper lanterns, bug hotels and book art. All of the workshops have been very successful, especially due to the enthusiasm and creativity of those who took part. IAI would love to run more in early 2016, and we will be making enquiries soon about who would be interested in taking part. In the meantime, here are some images of the fantastic jewellery created during the Paper Jewellery workshops.

Inverkeithing Arts Initiative would like to thank Inverkeithing Community Council and Fife Cultural Trust for funding Creative Workshops at the Friary.

Altered Book – The Owl Story

One of the participants in our Book Art Creative Workshops decided to try one of the suggested techniques of creating an ‘altered book’, where a whole book is reconfigured to create a completely new work of art. She took the subject of the book as a starting point, and cut away pages in layers, highlighting words in a ‘found poem’, and adding materials to illustrate the ‘story’ of the altered book. Isn’t it beautiful?

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altered book tawny owl

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Old Books into New Art – Workshops at the Friary 2015

Inverkeithing Arts Initiative ran two workshops in November based on making new art from second hand books. These workshops were very well attended, and we think the people who took part came up with some fascinating works of art. The atmosphere in the Friary was very contemplative during these workshop sessions, as everyone, including the children, focused on their interpretations of the book -art techniques. Here are some of the creations:

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night of the hunter  poem in the making


dragon   this dark and curious feeling

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victorias family          vintage

We also made decorations with the second hand books, simply using jewellery wire and old books, and one of our participants kindly showed us all how to make tree and angel decorations  from folded books. This was fascinating and very well received! Sharing creative skills is a great way to learn new skills and build communities.

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musical decoration        red heart decoration

Many thanks to Inverkeithing Community Council and Fife Cultural Trust for funding Inverkeithing’s Creative Workshops at The Friary.