Monthly Archives: November 2008

Supporting jelly

You can support jelly in many ways:

Become a volunteer
We love what we do and we all worked as volunteers for the first 7 years of jelly’s life. We have learnt and grown from this experience and in our new home we will be offering opportunities for volunteer internships. These internships will be for 3-6 months periods and be from 1 day a week to what you can offer. You will have hands-on experience in a programme that we will develop to make sure you get the most from your experience with us. In 2009 further information will be available here on the internship programme

Donate things
One man’s junk is another’s treasure and at jelly we have made it a speciality to make something out of nothing, it is almost our calling card. We are very grateful to our regular commercial donors from Reading including John Lewis, Picnic, The View, Haslams and Reading Evening Post who donate shoe boxes, water bottles and old newspapers. We have also been lucky enough in the past to receive a small portable printing press, chicken wire, silver milk bottle tops amongst other day to day household recyclable items, you would be amazed at what we can do. If you have anything you think we might appreciate, please contact us at education[at]

Become a friend of jelly
Friends matter to us, they keep us going and we know they are out there. We like our friends to feel special and when we move we are going to make you feel extra special.
Current benefits for joining the friend scheme:
• Reduced workshop fees for art activities
• Invitations to special events and exhibitions

Become a sponsor of jelly
Sponsors have been an invaluable part of our past providing us with both financial support and support in kind. Previous support has included : sponsoring an exhibition, marketing programme development, website support, business support and workshop programme sponsorship. Sponsorship has a significant role to play in what we do, we can make your support stretch further, it can become partner funding for a large project and we can increase the value by Gift Aid. We are currently looking for some very special sponsors who will help us make the leap in to our new home, could this be you?

For further information, contact Suzanne on 0118 9507926 or via suzanne[at]

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The little things that make us

It’s been a little while since we have updated anything on here but it has been lovely in between that time to receive comments on here and emails. It’s not that we haven’t anything to say because we always do but it is that we have been caught up doing many things. Those things will be updated on here shortly so you can see what we are up too.

Working across the community means that we get to share great things and sometimes we are given little treats like colds from the people we work with so we have had a few weeks of work rotation as we have all been through the illness cycle so that means if you came to a workshop expecting Jo you may have met Ella, or when you were expecting Sarah you may have been with Suzanne but that is one thing about the way we are. We all bring our own skills to the jelly party, learn from each other and are all pretty much capable of working together to do the best that we can.

We will add extra pages to this temporary site soon so you can find out a little more about all of us who are here now and information about some of the jellies that have been before, some of who you will recognise from posts below.

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knitting vegetables

The Knitted Vegetable Workshop by Felix at jelly was a resounding success. Taking the idea of knitted vegetables to new levels, participants got to play with Felix’s gardening & cookery books and raid her vegetable-shades yarnpile for inspiration and materials. 1 pomegranate, 1 giant toadstool, 1 yellow pepper, 1 potato and 1 cucumber were cast on at the workshop and updates on their progress will be posted intermittently on Felix’s blog at The Domestic Soundscape

The idea behind the workshop was to pass on the maths, knowledge and personal experience of vegetable knitting gathered by Felix in the course of her knitting career. She is very enthusiastic about recreating ordinary objects in yarn and hopes that the principles of vegetable knitting will catch on and result in a bumper crop of knitted vegetables in 2008/9! Everyone at the workshop agreed that there isn’t enough sharing of basic knitting maths and went away with at least the numbers required to make a spherical or ovoid shape on double pointed needles and some tips on where to look for ideas.

Pumpkin knitted by Barbara, cake to be eaten by everybody else

Pumpkin knitted by Barbara, cake to be eaten by everybody else

Barbara’s knitted pumpkin (pictured here) which was mostly knit during the Jelly Knit Nights, imbued the evening with a festive feeling, and the ample cups of tea and gingery cake kept everyone’s spirits up in the face of complicated knitting maths!

Further veggie links
– toadstool reports here
– Felix’s knitted potato

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Delivering artwork and the many things that are happening

Yesterday we were delivering some of the artworks back from the art fair including the works of Natasha and Misha Zavialov and Kate Lockhart and Jon Lockhart. We got round to talking about deadlines and how you work on a body of work for a show. For all of the artists The Affordable Art Fair creates a pressure point when they have to have new works to show with jelly but this isn’t all they are doing and in the pressured financial times, they are all working as they always have done on multi projects.

Tonight Jon Lockhart is presenting a Networking Event as part of the arc programme at South Hill Park, Bracknell from 5.30-7.30pm tonight. The event is free and details are available on 01344 416240. The discussion is framed around a project that Jon Lockhart is involved in and visitors will have a chance to ask a wide range of questions from the conceptual framework of the project to issues relating to funding and collaboration.

There are also two events in Reading tonight, the first is at Gallery 10 which is 10 Gun Street. This is a temporary space hosting a series of exhibitions by artists, curated by themselves. The building is being loaned to the artists by the kindly landlords of The Purple Turtle and is being looked after by Zoe Funge Smith (Rogues Gallery) and Suzanne Stallard (jelly Gallery). Altered Images is a show of four artists: Robyn Appleton, Jo Derczynska, Tina Jenkins and Anna Mitchell. The show is open daily, Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-4pm, and continues until 16 November at Gallery 10 in Gun Street. Tonight is a special evening where you can meet the artists from 6-9pm.

Gallery 10, Gun Street

Gallery 10, Gun Street

Also this evening is the next arjeea21 meeting at the Jelly from 7.30pm.

arjeea21 is a new group for contemporary artists who wish to experiment with ideas, media and innovative working practices. It provides a regular forum for informal discussion and constructive criticism of work in progress, and organises exhibitions suitable for all media, including photography, video, 3D, printmaking, performance, installation, painting, drawing, textiles and conceptual work.
arjeea21 is based in Reading, UK but welcomes national and international connections and opportunities.

The main focus of the meeting will be the upcoming exhibition, Compilation, in December at Gallery 10.

Who said there was never anything happening in Reading? It wasn’t us.

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Workshops begin today

Good morning – just to let you know that the new term of workshops start today, toddlers begin at 10am today and afterschool club starts it´s new term as well.

Don´t forget if you block book and pay in advance, the workshops are much cheaper. For more details click on the workshop page.

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jelly bean

Just a reminder that there is no jelly bean club this Saturday (1st November) due to the school holidays but we will be back on Saturday 8th November.

Also congratulations to one of our jelly friends who visited us at The Affordable Art Fair and won a prize for her self portrait she did whilst we were there – well done!

Our jelly friend with her winning portrait

Our jelly friend with her winning portrait

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