This workshop will be taught as a crochet workshop but I will also provide a knitting pattern and basic instruction for a knitted seagull body for competent knitters
Please bring along a size 3,25 mm crochet hook. All wool is provided by Stylecraft. A £2.50 donation is required to take part in the
Please contact email@example.com to book a place on this workshop. Ring 0117 90 80 992 if you have any questions
I will have hooks for sale on the day too
details of the full project below
Crochet a flock of Seagulls Project - Vicky Harrison 2017 – part of the series connecting patterns, connecting the dockside run by Crafting the City
This project is part of an ongoing proposal by artist Vicky called connecting patterns , connecting the dockside aiming to deliver a series of textile based projects which all draw on the dockside for their inspiration. They include the Bristol Crocodile lifesize cormorants and swans , a six metre long tapestry, a huge net full of embroidered fish, a project engaging the public to explore patterns of the dockside through experimental embroidery, works that take place in situ, installations and more than 200 workshops over three years. Vicky has a community interest company called Crafting the City - set up to deliver this kind of project.
Vicky has a good track record in designing and delivering community arts projects. BRISWOOL which is a giant woolly model of Bristol attracted 40,000 visitors last summer in two exhibitions over six weeks. More than 400 volunteers have helped with projects from an embroidered map of a historical landmark to a coral reef and a giant pom pom yarn storm made with 10,000 pom poms. She is currently running workshops to make The Bristol Crocodile and has a good relationship with many dockside attractions.
About the gulls
The gulls will be inspired by the gulls we find around our dockside. They will reference herring , blackheaded and lesser black back gulls which are the majority we find around the dockside. The habitats of gulls have become depleted and gulls are moving more and more into our citys.
Gulls did not live in Bristol before the 1970s but now we are all familiar with their call giving the dockside a very seaside feel.
The plan is to create a flock of about 60 gulls to reside around the dockside in a variety of venues but we may make more dependant on funding. Vicky is currently designing several models and will then go on to create patterns.
The gulls will be able to be decorated by their makers and names will be chosen by those who fund them. Makers will receive a special stripy bird pattern designed by Vicky as a thank you for helping
At least 10 workshops and demonstrations will be run dockside to show the public how to make the gulls. The workshops will be held in a variety of venues including places like MShed, Underfall Yard, SS Great Britain, AtBristol, The Matthew , at events like festival of Nature and Dockside in a tent but the first will be at celebrating age festival in September in City Hall
Participating workshops venues will receive their own gulls for display but there will also be a small flock who ascend in different places such as on top of the ferries or on board the Matthew or in Millennium square. Other dockside businesses and attractions can secure a gull by donating £50 to the project.
An oversize postcard will be made with a tick list on the back so that families can go on a seagull hunt around the dockside. The oversize postcard will be available in a number of venues to raise funds towards the rest of the dockside projects.
The workshops will be launched in September 2017 with gulls going on display as they are created