I like to contribute art to worthwhile causes. Recently I made a piece for a Secret Auction to raise funds for The Martlets, a hospice near Brighton not far from where I live. I have no idea how much it will eventually raise – 50p, £5 or even £50, who knows. But every little bit helps and it costs me nothing apart from my time and effort.
donated artwork to The Martlets Secret Auction
I made the above piece of work which I called “Peel of Bells” using mixed media that included a photograph I took of a foxglove plant in my garden, free motion machine embroidery and water-soluble paper. The piece is 21cms X 15cms which was the prescribed size. I hope somebody likes it and buys it to raise money for this worthy cause.
I have also just recently contributed a piece of work the AccessArt Share-a-Bird project which is a nationwide initiative aimed at schools and has two main aims –
- To celebrate and highlight the diversity of artists and makers in the UK today.
- To demonstrate the importance of visual arts education for all.
Earlier this year a call out was made to artists to create a bird which would then be sent to a school to spread the message.
- Artists, makers, designers and craftspeople are openly invited to make, sculpt, paint, draw or make a print of a bird and send it to AccessArt. A label will be attached to the bird, naming the artist /maker, and describing their inspiration.
- AccessArt will send out the birds to schools in the UK. No money will change hands, though the artists/makers will receive recognition, and the school (teachers and pupils) receive a gift: the artwork (to keep) and the gift of inspiration.
- A bird has been the symbol of AccessArt for many years. AccessArt is a UK charity which aims to inspire and enable through sharing of good practice and we see the bird as a messenger. By creating a flock of birds, and sending them out into the world, we hope we can help new ideas spread and new connections to be made.
My contribution was a peacock. I had intended to design and make a fantasy bird, but everything I drew looked a bit like a peacock so in the end I just thought… OK, it’s a peacock. I made a watercolour sketch which I then scanned and printed digitally onto soluble paper before stitching over it and finally dissolving some of the paper. the end result was mounted in an embroidery hoop.
the end result
a thank-you from AccessArt
Collaborative and contribution projects like this are great fun and a fabulous way to make some work that is a bit different from what you would normally do. It frees the mind up and also hopefully does a little bit of good along the way.
Find out more about AccessArt at http://www.accessart.org.uk.