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The Tea Party

Last weeks tea party was wonderful, we managed to haul 24 deckchairs from the Forbury to make up the numbers of seating already borrowed from Picnic and our own chairs, bake an excessively large number of cakes, lay out the china, stroke yarn hand dyed locally by Skein Queen, see the first prints of the new book, Vintage Gifts to Knit by Susan Crawford, marvel at Felix‘s marvellous Tea Museum, try on Emma Bradbury‘s new pieces and scatter Patchwork Butterfly‘s cushions around.

For those who missed it, here in pictures is a brief run through of our evening.

Tea Museum being created

Even Councillors love a cup of tea and cake

Thank you to all the Outcasts, you made a fab evening, baking, leaflet designing, serving teas and a special thanks has to go to Melanie Nabarro who organised the event and was the hostess with the mostess. Thank you as well to everyone who came, we made quite a bit of money for Amnesty from donations for cups of tea.

The excitement has not ended there though as the big news (other then that we are working with them in September) is that Jacksons is now stocking A Stitch in Time Vol 1 and Vintage Gifts to Knit both by Susan Crawford. Pop in and have a look, the books are in the haberdashery/ wool department.

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Town Centre Day, The Sonic Tuck Shop and a cup of Tea

Generally our life in jelly is interesting and changing continually and the next fourteen days are going to be just like that.

Listen, The Domestic Soundscape

Firstly Felicity Ford, artist and creator of The Domestic Soundscape (as heard on Radio 4) will be creating a new installation in the jelly ArtPad. This piece of work will be exhibited as part of the Open for Art Project in 27/28 Market Place (previously used for a pop-up jelly show in June 2009).

The Sonic Tuck Shop is a project by Felicity Ford that aims to celebrate the world of food through sounds. Originally an installation at Sonic Art Oxford where viewers could buy popcorn, fizzy drinks and exploding candy in firework-style packaging, the idea is being expanded to fill a handmade book! This book draws attention to the sounds of food in an imaginative and playful way, and includes a helpful tear-out shopping list detailing sonically interesting foods, a menu-plan for a day in which meals are planned according to the way they sound, a manifesto that explains the idea of the Sonic Tuck Shop, a CD packed full of Sonic Tuck, and much more! For Eat Reading, Ms. Ford will create a window display featuring many ideas from The Sonic Tuckshop Book, so that passersby can glimpse into its pages from the street… Food will never sound the same once you have heard and seen The Sonic Tuckshop!

The piece will be installed 4/5 June 2010.
For more info on how The Sonic Tuck Shop was devised, visit the food haven here.

The Sonic Tuckshop, printed paper bag

The day after that is Town Centre Day and we’ll be working with art students, RISC, New Directions, Reading Museum ~ come and find us all on Broad Street, Reading from 11am-4pm. In the evening we will be popping along to RISC to see a new exhibition by the photographer Salvo Toscano who is also taking part in an exhibition for us.

Then after all this hard work (ok, so it’s all very enjoyable) we will be hosting a book launch with The Outcasts at jelly. There are the VIP guests Susan Crawford and the Skein Queen, cake, tea and all are welcome.

Sounds like a very good fourteen days to us.

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afternoon tea with the knitters

We had a fantastic weekend with the knitters at the afternoon tea party. Ysolda was launching her new book and the outcasts were the hostesses. Skeinqueen and the talented Emma Bradbury were showing their wares too. There are more photos here courtesy of Ysolda and even more here courtesy of alabamawhirly

We loved having the outcasts round and all their guests including Ysolda and Sarah, they are very talented.

Emma Bradbury is a dark horse, we have just found out she was runner up in a Crown competition for stencil design (design below).

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thank yous and other things that are happening

dragonfly sculpture

dragonfly sculpture


Firstly, we want to say THANK YOU to everyone that came and helped us on Town Centre Day. Without you all, it would have been a different day, there is a short slideshow of glorious photos from the day here.

Now for the roll call of thank yous Catherine, Louie, Marta, Mateusz, Tom Br, Luke, Heather, Jim, Faz, Emma, Tom B, Bama, Jane, Natasha, Lynee, Hanne, Jesper, Lisa-Marie, Sarah, Jon, John, Daniel, Clem, Ingrid, Marje, Ivy, Max, Josh, Ksenija, Bhatia, Pat, India, Jasmie, Aran, Anne, Lucy, Cherrelle, Phil, Jack, Orrie, Andrew, Bathjia, Michael, Tania. Amanda, Ann, Jeni, Joe, Charlotte, Steve, Tom, Nick, Sara and Jo, the outcasts. Thank you all.

diorama making

diorama making

It was such a fantastic day, the outcasts were busy yarnbombing and the sun was shining. We will be doing it again next year and be looking towards a bigger art exhibition around the time so watch this space.

yarn bombing zone

yarn bombing zone

We have been catching up with things in the office, doing school days, Forbury Fever, getting ready for the next few weekends when we are out doing workshops, visiting the studios and catching up on their progress and visiting the art shows at TVU Reading and Reading Fine Art Department as well as other regional shows. The summer workshop programme is already done and a new knitting workshop for adults is listed for Autumn…. right, back to work and preparation time. See you somewhere soon.

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