Creative art and craft projects in the community
The focus of ArtYarn's project work is to encourage communities to come together though the creative exploration of textiles, art and craft. Using creative and approachable teaching sessions and commissioned research projects, ArtYarn deliver visually engaging and tactile art projects that reflect the local
environment, social settings and cultural diversity of the places we are fortunate to work in. Working within community settings, art galleries, museums, and educational settings since 2008, ArtYarn have gained a solid reputation for guiding communities through creative processes, developing and delivering art and craft projects from idea to instillation, and forming creative community groups that last beyond the life span of a commission.
ArtYarn mainly create their projects with hand knitted and crocheted fabric, however we have worked with a range of other craft techniques to create projects where they we felt inspired to do so. We have worked with fabric and sewing projects, free hand embroidery, pom-pom making, and weaving with home made looms. ArtYarn have also teamed up with film makers, musicians and scientists to produce collaborative, experimental work that challenge and explore the boundaries between art, craft and science.
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Knitting & Crochet Workshops
ArtYarn's Rachael Elwell has been teaching knititng and crochet professionally for over 6 years in galleries, museums and in community settings.
Rachael also teaches to small groups and private knitting and crochet tuition, for The School of Knitting and Crochet , who specialise in teaching absolute beginners or those who have previously struggled to learn these crafts, through to intermediate and advanced techniques.
Rachael started her private teaching experience for Ministry of Craft in central Manchester, where she worked for over 6 year, building up a solid reputation for her teaching style.
The ArtYarn project is coordinated by artist Rachael Elwell, who's background is rooted in Fine Arts. With a personal love of textiles since an early age, Rachael uses her Fine Art training to create innovative projects, which largely involve the participation of local communities. Rachael loves to teach and work with other artists to deliver ArtYarn projects.
ArtYarn have delivered projects, created installation work and delivered creative craft workshops for a number of local authorities such as Manchester Cit Council, Cheshire East Council, Lancashire County Council and most recently Salford Council as part of the restoration of the Bridgewater Canal. Public Art commissioners have included Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery and Young At Art Children's Museum, FL (USA). Most recently ArtYarn are currently making a crocheted installation for Blackburn Canal Festival in Lancashire, UK.
Rachael also has a practice in drawing, illustration and print and works from her studio in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. You can see more of Rachael's work at: www.linesformspaces.com & www.rachaelelwell.com