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Watch out for ceramic bugs and yarn bombers

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 03, 2012

Fabric of life: Bethany Walker's work features the contrast of cement and textiles

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Taking inspiration from the increasing international popularity of Urban, Street and Guerilla art, Concrete Canvas: Craft and Design on the Streets of Sleaford will bring colour and social interaction to the pavements.

"An exhibition with a difference – it involves you and takes place outside of the gallery," says exhibition officer Laura Mabbutt.

Site specific artworks by selected artists will pop up throughout the town during the course of the show, making everyone look twice at their immediate surroundings and everyday routines.

Just some of the highlights will include the typography art of international artist Anna Garforth, the dynamic contrast of cement and textiles by Bethany Walker and Anna Collette-Hunt's swarm of ceramic insects which are abandoning their current occupation of Nottingham Castle and buzzing their way to Sleaford.

Anna Garforth works with a diverse range of materials and skills to create experimental work. With a strong background in design and illustration, her nifty fingers work moss into beautiful lettering, cookie dough into edible posters and rubbish into typographic wonder.

Recent First Class Honours graduate Bethany Walker uses knitted and embroidered threads and fibres combined with concrete and cement to create slabs which are incorporated into walls to create a fascinating image of often overlooked surroundings and upgrading concrete from utility to fashion status.

Anna Collette-Hunt's witty and quirky swarm of ceramic insects is inspired by the collection of Entomology in the Natural History collection at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham. Visitors to Sleaford will be encouraged to pick up a "bug jar" from The National Centre for Craft and Design, search out the insects and bring them back to the gallery.

There has been a lot of interest lately in yarn bombing – the type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn rather than paint or chalk.

You can get involved with a workshop, Knit the Streets, on Saturday, May 12, where you can work with colourful yarn to knit woolly creations.

Otherwise, Keep Calm and Carry Yarn on Saturday, June 9, will be a day of workshops, specialist craft stalls and outdoor knitting and crochet master classes for those wishing to learn a new skill.

Concrete Canvas: Craft and Design on the Streets of Sleaford runs from May 5 to June 24.

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