Workshops across Thanet got children and adults involved in making, learning to knit and discovering creative ways to make objects to decorate public spaces, to make them nicer areas to enjoy. The project culminated during the 2012 Summer Squall, when two areas of Ramsgate: the flowerbeds next to Wilkinsons and the seating/railing area opposite Miles Bar, were brightened up with creations made by local schools and community groups.
Free drop-in workshops ran throughout the festival where professional artists and artisans showed people of all ages how to create beautiful decorations which were added these areas, encouraging the participation of local people, children and visitors.
Ramsgate Arts and local visual artist Emily Tull are asking people to help create a Pavement Paradise which will be on show in Ramsgate during A Summer Squall festival, running from Saturday 25 – Monday 27 August 2012, the bank holiday weekend. We are inviting families, schools, community and social groups to help us create funky fun street furnishings: bright cushions, fantastic rugs, hanging baskets, fancy flowers or even bench jumpers, scarves and gloves, to brighten up the street scene, especially in the pedestrianised areas. Things could be made from recycled items (plastic bags, bottles, cans for example), even knitting, weaving or origami – anything’s possible. You can take part whatever your age. You can even take it as a chance to teach someone a new skill, as part of your local ‘stitch and bitch’ night, or just as a way to get together and share ideas and chat! There will be prizes for the ones we love best, in children, adult and group categories.
Schools who would like to get involved should download our leaflet which gives further details of how to take part.
For more information on how to take part please contact Ramsgate Arts via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07939 542990. We’re on Facebook at KnitterKnitKnitKnit and you can find out about the festival itself at www.ramsgatearts.org