Pompey Punks… A new project with Portsmouth Cultural Trust

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016

Pompey Punks… A new project with Portsmouth Cultural Trust

I’m thrilled to be involved in this exciting project in partnership with The Portsmouth Cultural Trust. This Heritage Lottery funded project, officially called Provincial Punk in Pompey Project will allow local young people to explore 40 years of provincial Punk in Pompey. As this year marks the 40th anniversary of punk – a genre that profoundly changed the British cultural scene, particularly in cities like Portsmouth, the project hope to celebrate punk’s major influences on British culture and support a new generation in discovering the history of punk in Portsmouth. The Portsmouth Cultural Trust has been awarded a £30,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project is a multi-stranded project including fashion, film, music and more. You can find out more about the project on the Portsmouth Guildhall website by clicking here, or visit the project blog here. Punk’s ‘do-it-yourself’ ethos had particular resonance in cities and towns not normally associated with the music business and in communities badly affected by the economic downturn of the time. It had a very strong following in Portsmouth, hit especially hard by redundancies in the dockyards. I will be leading a series of fashion workshops where we will be designing and creating merchandise for a celebratory end of project gig at the guildhall in November. The sessions, which run throughout August  (see dates and times on flyer below) are free to attend and open to any young people who have an interest in Punk and fashion and would like to be a part of a fantastic project. If you’d like to know more, give me an email on ami@miamai.co.uk or pop along to one of the...

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Young Designers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

Young Designers

Young Designers | A 10-week course at Making Space Over the last few years teaching… and teaching young people in particular has become a huge focus of my work. It’s something I get so much out of and enjoy immensely. For four years I ran a weekly Fashion School at The Spring in Havant and over those four years I’ve worked with loads of inspirational young ladies who are so incredibly talented. Unfortunately The Spring had to cancel the course last month so rather then mourn the end of one era I have decided to make the most of a bad situation and turn it on its head and make it into a very good thing. I just confirmed with Making Space that I will be running a new course called Young Designers. I’m so excited… I will be running this course throughout the year in 3 x 10 week blocks and will be working with a group of young designers as we look at a whole range of creative industries. From Fashion to illustration, photography, hair and makeup, design, styling and textiles. We will be covering the whole shaboodle. I will be responsive to what the young designers want to do, we will set project briefs together and they will work together and independently on creative outcomes. I hope to imbed the Arts Award in the sessions and also work towards a showcase at Making Space’s annual Open Studios and do an end of term show at the end of a the academic year. The course has just gone live on Making Space’s website  and the details are as follows: Autumn Term 2016: Tuesdays 27 September, 4, 11, 18 October, 1, 8, 15, 29 November, 6, 13 December. 5.30pm-7pm. Course Costs and Booking Details The 10-wk Young Designers course costs £90. (Materials included) Course can be paid for in full or in 2 x 5-week blocks (£45) via Making Space’s website/Paypal. Click here to be taken Making Space to book a place. Alternatively they accept cheques, cash or card payments over the phone. The course requires a minimum of 8 participants to run so fingers crossed we get a full house of eager creative beavers to launch this fantastic new...

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A Moment In Time

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016

A Moment In Time

I am honoured to have just completed another fantastic project with the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The Project, ‘A Moment in Time’ was inspired by HMS Victory and I got the chance to work with year 3 & 4 of Arc Dickens School, a Portsmouth School which I hadn’t had the opportunity to work with before. Inspired by the signal flags which the Navy used to send messages to each other the children got a chance to design and make their own signal flag using their name or initials. Rather then just using fabric paint we decided to use batik, a process where hot liquid wax is applied to fabric to create a resist. This was a big deal, 30 children and 6 pots of hot wax could have been a disaster, luckily we had no incidents and all the children throughly enjoyed the opportunity to have a go at such an unusual textile technique. This is a school where Art is something they rarely get an opportunity to enjoy so it was wonderful being able to go in and deliver such a fantastic project which I know they all loved so much. In addition to the signal flags the children also made ‘Sailor Keepsakes’, a small keyring/bag charm/dream catcher which was made from the practice samples of batik made on day one. These Sailor Keepsakes were something that the children got to keep for themselves. The signal flags were all combined and appliqued on to three 6ft tall banner flags which the school get keep as a legacy of the project. All of the artwork went on show at The Sea Life Roadshow, a free family event at Buckland Community Centre last week and looked fantastic!! Here are a few photos which I snapped throughout the project. If you’d like to find out more about the freelance teaching work I do, please get in touch – ami@miamai.co.uk....

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D-Day Project

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015

D-Day Project

I am honoured to have been asked to get involved with this project… In the recent years lots of my big projects have had a really interesting cultural partner as an inspiration starter point. I have really enjoyed this style of working so was delighted when Making Space asked me to get involved with this project. What especially appealed was that this project was open for people who wanted to take part, a lot of the outreach work I do is with young people who half the time would prefer to be doing something else, and whilst I enjoy the challenge I was really looking forward to working with a creative group that wanted to be a part of something pretty special! Now I must guiltily admit that prior to this project I had never visited D-Day museum. (which is shocking when you consider how close it is to my home) But i was so inspired. The museum is packed full of interesting, thought-provoking and fascinating facts and artefacts. And then there’s the Overlord Embroidery! Wow!! everyone should really see this, it’s incredible! For my project we will begin with 2 inspirational trips to the museum. There are 2 dates, a mid-week and a weekend date. On these trips you’ll get a chance to sketch and photograph and doodle items which you are drawn too! If you have any personal memorabilia then please do use this as inspiration too! After the trip there is then 4 days/8 sessions where I will show different techniques and assist you in creating beautiful layered experimental textile samples which are individual to you. Everything made over the course of the project will go on display at D-day Museum at an end of project celebration tea party! Below is the flyer for the 2 initial Taster Sessions, then a second flyer with all the rest of the project dates on! If you’d like to get involved then please drop into one of the taster sessions and let me know which other dates you are able to attend. There is a maximum participant number so I’d hate for you to miss out! Over on the Making Space website there is more info about a second project with the amazing June Allnutt (who’s doing a customised Fashion series of workshops) and a FAQ that i created for the project! I hope to see lots of you...

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Fashion School New Term

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

Fashion School New Term

Well it’s September and we’re getting into the swing of things! Last week was my first week back after the summer of teaching my weekly Fashion School at The Spring. You can find our dates/times/cost etc here. If you know of a fashionable 11-16year old who you think may be interested get in touch or contact The Spring directly. They can come for a free taster session first to see if they like it so no pay out until they are sure they like! 🙂 Featured images if from one of my talented previous students...

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Duffle Coat Project

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014

Duffle Coat Project

Earlier this year I did a ‘Strong Voices’ project with Priory School and The National Museum of the Royal Navy. Strong Voices is a 2-year funded project by Artswork working with disadvantaged young people aged 13-19, local cultural partners and artists. You can read more on the idea and all the individual project successes here. Our project focussed on the duffle coat and the its origins in the the Royal Navy. The 14 young people I worked with all visited the museum with me for inspiration then got the chance to customise a plain duffle coat with their own designs. The project was supported by Gloverall who are the original Duffle Coat supplier, A couple of the group even got the chance to model the brand new, yet to be released ‘Dazzle Coats’ from their A/W 14 collection. The project ended in March this year with a celebration event at Portsmouth Guildhall and after that we had the opportunity to do a photoshoot aboard The Victory and the M33. The project was such a fun experience and I am honoured to have been asked back again to deliver another project this year with The Woodlands Edcucation Centre and The Royal Marines Museum (more on that later). Below are a few photos that were taken … Images courtesy of Artswork Ltd. Photographer: Murray Freestone...

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