An exhibition exploring construction and destruction. See Hollow for more details.
“Completed by human interaction, shoes-off, climbing and crawling, Hollow requires a wholly physical encounter. Only then can you experience its claustrophobia, its mystery, its magic, its majesty.”Ellen Bell, a-n reviews
“Through the imaginative playfulness of Hall’s installation, through its use of light and mirroring…The functionality of a brown box is transformed into something engaging…We are encouraged to impose our own meanings on the piece, just as we are encouraged to refashion its form.”Claire Pickard New Welsh Reader
Photos by Jony Easterby
“Crafted Space brought us an experimental idea, to expand our performance programme into the landscape of the estuary itself.
It was a pleasure to create a performance which responded to
Festival No.6’s unusual location.”Sophie Meadley, Commissioner
‘Urchins’ – A journey over land and water, a tribe of primordial life rafts drift, collect, connect, seek sanctuary to survive…
‘Urchins’ is a proposal that grows from an experimental seed project developed in collaboration with a collective of skilled artists, sailors, and makers based in the Dyfi Valley in Mid Wales. Each have been drawn on their own personal pilgrimages to the region, renowned for its future thinking and practical work at the Centre for Alternative Technology, and the transformative landscape of the valley’s river and estuary.
Initially conceived at ‘Estuary Lab’ in 2012, informal exploration of the Urchins took place in the estuary at Festival No.6 at Portmeirion in September. The landscape and architecture were a sublime context for exploring the ‘beyond now’ time of a pure liminal state of being that the Urchins engender. Selected as 1 of 3 new commissions for the Environmental Arts Festival Scotland 2015 we look forward to the evolving journey.
Photos by Giles W. Bennett
Sounding the river: Wood Lab
mac birmingham offered nine IdeasTap members the chance to conceive and create a site-specific artwork for Sounding the River, mac’s outdoor sound and light spectacle that took place in October 2012.
Sounding the River was a nocturnal exploration of nature through artworks curated by Jony Easterby and artists who have a reputation for transforming the outdoors into fascinating, playful places that enthral adults and children alike.
The four-day “wood lab” led by Craftedspace, explored urban dens and the themes of rhythm, movement, focus, arrival and departure. During the workshop the participants defined spaces using timber, natural materials and low voltage lighting. Hard skills included peeling wood, simple joinery, weaving willow and basic wiring of 12V circuits.
They had the opportunity to tour the production site and meet the artists at work as well as return to see the show and their own creations lit at night.
Photo 1 by Rosheen McNamee, 2, 3 & 4 by Jenny Hall, 5 & 7 by mac Birmingham, 6 by Tabitha Pope
Play, space and performance workshop
Photos by Giles W. Bennett
Woodland Pavilion – Pafiliwn y Coed
“I love how it feels enough like a stage to perform, but not too much like a theatre space, so we can still ride bikes across it and get a big group of strangers to have a spontaneous dance off.”Mark Olver, Curator and Comedian
Photo 1 & 3 by Edward Moore, 2 by Jon Starbuck and 4, 5, 6 by Jenny Hall
“At night these mesmerising meeting places of well-ness reflect another world, an underworld, a world above of poetic loveliness.”Jane Lloyd-Francis, director and performer
Sited along the Woodland Way between two prestigious historic buildings in Machynlleth, the piece seeks to amplify what already exists in this beautiful natural corridor.
At a distance the arrangement of salvaged tables and chairs is familiar: an intimate setting around which families and friends gather to relax, to share food, to see one another more clearly.
Poetic and playful, the public also made the tables their own: one was filled with flowers to create
an exquisite mandala and others hosted at times, tiny swimmers and boats as well as bottles of
Photos 1, 3, 5 & 7 by Giles W. Bennett and Photos 2, 4 & 6 by Keith Morris
Woodland design lab
“…an inspired group of designers constructed three awesome pieces of art cum architecture in just one and a half days – including the incredible wooden Skybowl you can see above”Inhabitat.com
Thanks to all the people who came along and made it such a wonderful experience.
We could have stayed a month exploring all the material possibilities and interpreting the site through visual and spatial means. However we had little more than 2 days and the outcomes are a testament to our belief that not providing a brief would allow space for genuine creativity to soar unbounded.
3 ideas made it through testing to final pieces. The skybowl and Piddle, paddle, plonk reside near our base camp. The third piece located deep in the woods was inspired by the idea that all life comes from death and had as its focus the root ball of a fallen oak tree. This became the starting point for the piece called Bioshroom, also known as Rhizome, now named Fungidome by the kids who are camping at Graig Wen who have come to love the sculptures and care for them in all their fragility and impermanence.
Ewan aged about 11 said that “Fungidome is a combination of wood, tools and a bit of imagination.”
And Charlotte aged 10 said that “Piddle, Paddle, Plonk is the best because it plays music a bit like a xylophone but in the water, although Skybowl is quite good when you lay in it at night watching the stars because there’s nobody there and its relaxing.”
Links to the event:
Check out footage of Piddle Paddle Plonk on You tube.
“Playful and innovative, The House was perfectly in keeping with Shambala’s atmosphere and theme of unexpected surprises! Professionally and imaginatively delivered from concept to build.”Chris Johnson, Director Shambala Festival
A commission of new original work designed and installed for Shambala Festival, a highly successful and established arts event, renowned for its creative, unique programming.
With a history of investigation into crafted spaces that play with inside and out, we made a pot, sat round the table, took a house and considered, “If a house no longer serves as shelter, what does it become?”
The result was a piece that turned a house into a multi-layered storytelling device, the doors and fixtures providing anchor points for people’s own narrative.
Running for the duration of the festival, the piece became a stage set, meeting place and a games board, where imaginations ran riot and dynamics changed from daylight family games to intrigue and mystery through shadows and spotlights under cover of darkness…
Photo 1 by Mark Welby, Photo 4 by Terry Rook – Glance Image
used with permission by Shambala Festival and Photo 5 by
The Junk Boat
“The Junk Boat combined sculptural and technical artistry to create a thought provoking space that generated a real sense of belonging and celebration” Emily Eavis, Co-organiser Glastonbury Festival
Powered by the sun and wind, The Junk Boat departed on a voyage mission to do just that, pulling up to port at high profile arts festivals across the country including Glastonbury, the Big Green Gathering and Shambala hosting workshops, talks, music, story telling and cinema.
A meeting of creative, playful and environmentally conscious minds, The Junk Boat was designed, built and toured by Craftedspace in collaboration with Recycled Venues.
A space for everyone, it was a resounding success – a highly imaginative playful arena that encouraged both children and adults to be truly present, a platform for connection, communication, sharing and most of all celebration!