My six week journey from chaotic clutter to tidy tranquility, complete with tips and hacks for anyone desperate to learn how to declutter.
This was my first ever visit to Buskfest, although the street-music festival is now in its 12th year, and it was clear to see from the outset why it has been going from strength to strength for so long.
On Sunday 31 May I visited not one, but two markets in Belfast. Both very different, but equal in quality, variety and pocket-friendliness!
Last weekend, Sat 7 March, I had the pleasure of seeing my home city of Lisburn come to life with colour and creativity. A one-off event - the Music Masquerade - brought street theatre, arts workshops, superheroes, princesses and live music to every corner of the city. There was a samba workshop, pop art classes and a live graffiti art masterpiece happening at R-Space; fire dancing on Bow Street; mask-making in Lisburn Square; animation sessions with Left Hand Cinema in Music Matters...meanwhile Iron Man casually wandered through town posing for pictures!
If, like me, you have even a passing interest in clothes alteration, upcycling, green living and repurposing, you'll be familiar with 'trash fashion'. It's a term used by a number of projects and groups across the world to describe the practice of taking used materials, old clothes, scrap, even actual rubbish, and turning them into outfits instead of landfill
The Patchwork Quill wouldn't exist without social media. Not in its current form, anyway. From the content of the What's On Calendar, to the people, places and projects I write about in the posts - most of what you see here has come to my attention, directly or indirectly, through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Vine. It even helped me source the logo you see above!Event invitations, status updates, tags and shares on Facebook; tweets, retweets, direct messages and hashtags on Twitter and the steady stream of eyecatching images on the other three, I scour these platforms daily for ideas, inspiration, contacts and leads.
On Saturday 10 January the R-Space Gallery in Lisburn launched their latest exhibition, Colliding Forms. A collaborative project between ceramic artist Sandra Robinson and print artist Helen Lavery, the work marries the 2-D and the 3-D, with images printed on to ceramic pieces. The artists, both currently resident at the Spectrum Centre on Belfast's Shankill Road, met in university and have wanted to work together for a number of years. This project was not only a fusion of artistic media, but a research-based study in combining historical techniques - such as traditional etching processes - with modern methods, including digital techniques.
Art, cinema, marching, dancing - there's no excuse to be bored this week. Enjoy!
I've decided it's time for a bit of a change at WOTW HQ. The very nature of the creative and cultural world dictates that some weeks you'll find loads of things happening one night, while others are quiet, so I think a highlights list is more effective than attempting a day-by-day rundown.
What better time to bring back What's On This Week than Hallowe'en? There are loads of spooky goings on, so take your pick. But don't have nightmares....
I'm really excited to share my latest crafting project with you all! I have recently started a crafting social group in Lisburn called Sew Darn Crafty. Meeting in The Atlas Women's Centre every other Tuesday evening for the time being (going weekly soon, all being well), it's a small but growing group of crafters who meet up to enjoy a coffee and a chat with like-minded folks whilst working on their latest project.
Well, The Patchwork Quill didn't pick up any gongs at the Blog Awards Ireland bash on 4 October, but it honestly didn't take the shine off attending a cracking awards night as a finalist.
Finally, here it is - the PQ post about Culture Night Lisburn! I'm sorry it's a fortnight after the event, but what with the beautiful madness of the night, excited preparations for the Blog Awards Ireland ceremony and a stress-tastic couple of weeks in my new day job, I am, quite frankly, a husk of a woman. But a contented husk! Thank you so much to everyone who made the Patchwork Quill Culture Night Lisburn pop-up at R-Space the great success it was.