Collective North in Filey

Being a founding member of Collective North has its benefits, like a collective weekend away in Filey! Walking, talking, planning, pub reviewing, remembering my childhood on the east coast.



Maker’s Dozen #InSource

The past few months have been extremely busy, leaving little time to add anything to the blog!

Here is a round up of a project I’m currently involved in, Maker’s Dozen InSource, a collaborative project featuring a wide variety of makers around Manchester.

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Social Baking

I’ve started to think about the parallels between making as a social activity and eating as a social activity. Food and eating has always played a big part in my family’s social life, and is a natural catalyst for interaction and connection.

With this in mind I tested out an initial idea for social making/baking at coLAB last week. As the lunch at the event participants were invited to take part in collaborative sandwich making, with each of us passing around our plates and adding elements to each other’s food. Daunting to begin with this became an interesting way to create a social atmosphere, definitely requiring further investigation.

coLAB 2015

This weekend I hosted coLAB at Ny Space in Manchester. The day was an opportunity for practitioners involved in participatory or collaborative work to come together and discuss their practice and the context of collaboration in creative practice.

More to come on this soon, but in the meantime here’s how it looked…

Saturday Art Club @McrSchArt

Every Saturday Manchester School of Art runs a saturday art club for 14 – 16 year olds in the area, as part of National Art and Design Saturday Club. I had the great pleasure to deliver two sessions to the group, focused on creating a zine showcasing the work they’d made as part of the club.

In our first session we photographed and scanned work, edited our images in Photoshop and worked on InDesign layouts. In the next session it was time to bind all 100 copies! After a demo from student ambassador Javier we set to work, and 2.5 hours later we a whole set of zines ready to distribute.

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The Rogue P @sftoc

Collective North’s first project, The Rogue P Sessions, took place at last Sunday’s Sounds from the Other City festival. Lead by the inimitable Jackie Haynes, The Rogue P Sessions (name inspired by the extra P in VimPto) hosted bands, comedians and spoken word artists in a family tent for intimate interviews and sessions.

The tent, right beside Vimto Gardens off Chapel Street, was open to festival-goers and community members, with shows all afternoon.

FLEX 4 – Design Principles and Practices

FLEX is a self-directed CPD scheme run by MMU’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). In my current role at the university I’m going to taking part in FLEX by reflecting on my professional development here on the blog. If you’re interested in finding out more about my teaching practice, read on!

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March in the Midwest #5 – Second Hand Books

For the last in my series of Midwest posts I wanted to end with something that surprised me slightly – the Midwest has a small abundance of good book shops! (Obviously I only visit three places, but as each of them had at least one amazing book shop I feel confident in this assertion).

I actually had to stop myself buying books out of concern for my luggage allowance on the flight home.

Quimby’s, Chicago
The Haunted Bookshop, Iowa City
Jackson Street Booksellers, Omaha
Solid Jackson, Omaha

March in the Midwest #4 – Saddle Creek Shop

As previously mentioned, my trip to Omaha was in some ways Saddle Creek inspired. Since I first heard Bright Eyes when I was seventeen I’ve been heavily influenced by the band, and the label behind the band, in a lot of ways. I can trace this influence in the way I approach business, the importance I place on friends and community in creative work, the relationship I see between politics and art, and the way place affects practice (which is why Omaha held a sort of fascination for me).

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