Saturday 8th November saw the abirdabode project join Oldham Santa’s Reindeer Parade. The theme of the parade was The 12 Days of Christmas and the abirdabode project was involved with two of the carriages; Four Calling Birds and Partridge in a Pear Tree with T-Jay and Dylan from Dove Stone Youth Rangers helping to build and perform the carriages for the parade.
We’re thrilled to announce that the abirdabode large Art Birdbox will make an appearance at the Oldham Reindeer Parade 2014.
The parade is themed on the 12 Days of Christmas (which involves a fair number of birds of one sort or another) and the abirdabode big Art Birdbox will be representing Four Calling Birds…
Keep an eye out for the big Partridge in A Pear Tree too!
The second Dove Stone Youth Rangers creative session saw a number of new abirdabode artists join the group and get stuck in to making Art Birdbox maquettes. Our new artists were brimming with ideas and a few more Art Birdboxes to be created include; Jack Skellington, Pop Art, the Globe Theatre and others.
how big abirdabode?
The Dove Stone Youth Rangers have made an amazing start on the abirdabode project on our first Sunday creative session. They have proved full of inspired ideas for Art Birdboxes and come up with a wide variety of styles and subjects that are sure to make for an exciting start for the project and exhibition…
The groups’ ideas include; a Bag End Hobbit House for birds, An Art Deco decorated snail Art Birdbox, a Moulin Rouge bird windmill and many more to be revealed soon.
For the first practical session the group discussed their designs and refined their ideas on paper before diving into making maquettes (artists scale models) of their chosen idea. Using scrap cardboard (recycling is very important to the group and artists) the young artists where shown how to use a fret saw and bandsaw to cut parts for their bird boxes. Prototyping in cardboard allowed us to play with size and shape of the designs, learn how to use the power tools and also practice making in 3D without using valuable plywood.
we need a bigger table
don’t fret saw
abirdabode are off to Festival Oldham today to take part in the Rooted Festival in the Gardens at Gallery Oldham. We have a big box of birds to be decorated and the first big abirdabode (which Percy loves!).
We’ll be there from 12 till 4 and hope to see you there…
We’re prepping for our first creative session right now. We have some amazing little birds ready to be decorated and are making a very unusual Big Abirdabode…
big abirdabode 1 build
big abirdabode visted by pigeons?
Abirdabode is an art project and an environmental project under one roof
During 2014 and 2015, we will be running a series of workshops and creative activities exploring urban and rural habitats, trying different art forms and making beautiful art bird boxes for our feathered friends in Oldham.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved: drop-in sessions decorating human scale bird boxes, group activities designing and building bird boxes, environmental visits exploring local habitats and green spaces.
The Abirdabode Project will culminate in an amazing exhibition at Gallery Oldham of the work created, following which the bird boxes will be released into the wild to decorate, amaze and provide homes and safe nest sites for our local birds.
If you or a group you are part of would like to get involved, contact Richard or Jacqui at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can ring them – Jacqui on 07801 837281 or Richard on 07932 050926.