Our Arts Manager of the past 10 years – Jackie Shearer took her final bow from Platform on Friday 1 April.
Our programme lead Matt has been busy posting out packages and letters to some of the lovely groups that we are continuing to deliver our Taking Part programme to online.
The Nu Gen art group has received art packs full of materials to get creative with and we are in the process of sending out more to our Art Factory members.
The art packs were put together by the Edinburgh Art Shop and consisted of: A5 sketch book, black ink drawing pen and a selection of drawing pencils, ranging from soft, medium and hard to help shading from dark to light. Also included was a sharpener, eraser and a glue stick, for gluing any images collected into sketch book for inspiration or to help create collages.
Origami and decorative papers for the collage creation and a little handmade origami crane finished off the packs and were gifted by the Edinburgh Art Shop as a little extra. We’re told the Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness” - and traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true”.
Knitting patterns have gone out to Platform’s Clack and Yak knitting group along with a letter asking them what they have noticed about life in ‘lockdown’ and what they are looking forward to once restrictions have been lifted. Our Art Factory members have also received this letter.
We’re looking forward to any responses we receive to the letters and images of what has been created with the art materials we have gifted.
You can read more about the groups and how to join HERE.