Have a wee look at this word cloud software if you've not seen it before. Quite good for the kids homework, arts classes, visual poetry, presentations, community posters, brainstorms etc etc http://www.wordle.net/create
I was asked to design and make an award sculpture for Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award 2010 last week, which seemed to have gone down well. Novel idea (excuse the pun) but a whole load of children chose their favourite book from a list of about ten authors. The author who won was a young woman called Kazumo Kohara who wrote and illustrated a fantastic book called 'The Haunted House'. The children's votes were overwhelmingly in her favour, but I know it was many of the adult's favourite too. The older Award was won by Sharon Tregenza with 'Tarantula Tide', a great children's 'detective' story set on Shetland. Keep reading kids, you know it makes sense !
This is such a cool building method. Henry Fosbrooke of Milton Community Woodlands has built amazing builidng and workshop as Milton. They are stong, powerful and quiet - just like Henry. He and his team are filling in the wall spaces of the big workshop using sycamore cordwood and lime mortar. The effect and quality is stunning. I had to share this. Check out his website for courses http://www.mcwt.org.uk/index.htm
Met John MacPherson at the weekend and was just in awe of his motivation to bring photography to the community. Please have a look at the work he does with all ages and sectors. One of the most interesting and current projects he is committed to is the Wild Media Foundation - here's the site http://www.wildmedia.org - it'll give you a good idea what they're about. Basically there's a load of interesting and hugely important scientific work going on in the and about the environment, but scientists are not necessarily the best communicators - which is where WMF comes in, bridging the gap between the science and the public, and telling the story in strongly visual and accessible ways. See more of John's work at http://www.john.macpherson.btinternet.co.uk/pixindex-landsca.html
Some new acrylics, on the cave master theme. Red Scottish landscapes depicting the folk that did stand up and got counted in this months farce elections. We the people .....
Well wasn't that a load of laughs and brilliant positive results the other night ? I was talking it over with real community activist before the election. Already knowing how he would vote, I asked him what he thought of the campaign candidates.His only response to what was on offer was - and it's not lost in translation "What kin o shite dae ye want oan yer piece ?"