An African Jewel amidst Ruskin Park, London

Copyright 2015 Kay/wavesandpebbles

Copyright 2015 Kay/wavesandpebbles

Yesterday I posted about my visit to London which included my discovery of Ruskin Park. This painted picnic bench was an unexpected find. I wanted to find out more about it before posting these photos.

This art picnic bench was created as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival, the longest running visual arts festival in the UK at 21 years. 10 artists were commissioned to decorate picnic benches which would be used during the festival and then be placed within local parks. The bench located in Ruskin Park is an African design created by Nkiruka, a creative fashion, arts, crafts and textiles design partnership and is called The New Yam Table.

Information about the festival which was held at the end of June is at http://www.camberwellarts.org.uk.  Information on Nkiruka is at http://www.makerhood.com/nkiruka.

(If you believe the information I have provided is incorrect, please let me know.  Information on the bench was limited and I could find no images online.)

Copyright 2015 Kay/wavesandpebbles

Copyright 2015 Kay/wavesandpebbles

Copyright 2015 Kay/wavesandpebbles

Copyright 2015 Kay/wavesandpebbles

Creativity takes us to a special place

Copyright 2011 Chris Wells, Flickr, CC-BY-SA, via Wylio

Copyright 2011 Chris Wells, Flickr, CC-BY-SA, via Wylio

Creativity takes us to a special place – a place where we become lost, engrossed in our chosen path.  The stresses of life melt away, solutions surface to be put aside for later.  We are blessed with frozen time in which to savour the simple gifts life offers.

Kay, wavesandpebbles.wordpress.com

Blog Images – how much difference do they make?

I am seriously lacking in images to go with my posts, whether it be photos or artwork.  I could hold back on sharing things that I come across but have decided to share them without images and come back later when I have discovered or created the right image.  I haven’t yet found my way around free online images and would prefer anyway to create my own when the opportunity arises.  So I am hoping people will still want to visit my blog and, when it is more colourful, will be interesting to see what difference this makes to my blog stats.  Would welcome comments on your own experience of this.

Art for All – and Zentangle

I strongly believe that art in its widest sense should be available and accessible to anyone.  Many people may not have tried anything creative since they were at school.  I have seen how providing an environment where people feel at ease, together with a range of materials – sometimes just blank paper and felt tips – can have surprising results.  After an initial hub of conversation, a quietness descends as most people become engrossed in their own activity.  Some may struggle initially as it is a new experience but they often gain inspiration from what is happening around them, seeing what others are doing.  Their self-esteem increases and there is a sense of pride in their achievement.

i was intrigued when reading kelzbelzphotography.wordpress.com blog to find out about Zentangle, an art method that is a form of meditation as it is practiced mindfully.  It is suitable for young and old and can be done anywhere.  Check out the Zentangle website to find out how it started and hear the stories of some of the people who have been trained to teach this method and their own personal experiences of the benefits.  www.zentangle.com