Bums on Seats

Posted on April 22, 2014

Re-cycled comfort - Bums on Seats was the name of the workshop I ran at the Dales Countryside Museum to make bicycle saddle covers out of glorious Camira Blaser Fabric, felt and crocheted doilies.  Our participants left us some fantastic stories and helped to label my saddle covers.  These together with archive images and the bicycle love stories sent in will be shown in an exhibition at the Museum that runs from June 13th to September ...

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Sisters push off!

Posted on April 22, 2014

The railway platform at Hawes was the perfect length to sing the first verse of Daisy Daisy (the infamous song written for the beautiful Daisy Bell). Sisters Rachel and Katherine Welford took to the saddle/s and were naturals. The push off is important, as you need speed and power to maintain balance with the extra weight on the back, once the second set of pedals gain momentum its full steam ahead.

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Queen of the Mountain?

Posted on April 22, 2014

120 years ago Frances E Willard, a thrill seeking American woman in her 50’s, learned to ride a bicycle. A Wheel Within a Wheel a book about her experience was published in 1895. She called her steed Gladys because she gladdened her heart and wrote: “…failure was from a wobbling will rather than a wobbling wheel…”       In the Dales this Easter I also experienced a new sensation, learning to ride my ...

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Falkirk In the First World War

Posted on April 1, 2014

It has been a pleasure working with 31 primary school students in response to a photo album in the archive at Callendar House. The photographs of former pupils were collected by Mr Mather, the former headmaster of their school, Laurieston Primary, from 1914 -1918.  The students used 6 photographs of 9 heroes to explore the local archives finding out about their journey to the front and their exploits during the war. Following story telling ...

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XO Scotland Creative Lab Fun

Posted on March 29, 2014

A fantastic week  thanks to @FactionNorth and @xolabs with a fantastic mix of fellow collaborators from across Scotland. Working together on transmedia storytelling we created teams to build innovative creative projects with playful content across platforms to delight audiences. Above all it was great fun! Hoping to get the chance to go on the Development Lab in Dundee.

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A whistle blows…

Posted on March 25, 2014

A powerful moment @NPGLondon yesterday when curator Paul Moorhouse blew his 1916 field whistle and a lecture theatre packed with young men and women from the length and breadth of Great Britain fell silent. www.npg.org.uk/nationalmemory

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Tender Loving Care

Posted on February 4, 2014

Hospitality Revisited

Posted on February 4, 2014

Drowned and Found

Posted on February 4, 2014

As I Find

Posted on February 4, 2014