Wild Wenlock

11115779_903875006321848_6194627921622456305_n Preparations for Wenlock Poetry Festival are almost complete. I am hosting a children’s installation called Wild Wenlock 11am-3pm on both days, under Much Wenlock’s Corn Exchange. It consists of these miniature teepees I’ve been making for the last two months: 11133774_10152746703457797_1900239962458878851_n These aren’t just for kids, sitting inside one (and a grown adult can JUST fit inside) can transport you back to the childlike excitement of dens and secret hideaways. 22815_10152746703627797_5544587073114807093_n 11127232_10152746703757797_7984605922204138106_n They are made from pre-loved curtains and bedding, dyed in tea and bound with torn fabric. Feathers from the garden add some dramatic effect. In two of the teepees will be audio of local authors reading poetry and stories, including material from Andrew Fusek Peters, Jean Atkin, Carol Caffrey Witherow, Lucy Carmel, Steve Harrison, David Calcutt, Kate Innes, Ruth Thorp, Sarah Thorp and myself. The Thorps aren’t strictly local, but as their publisher Raw Mixture will be one of the stalls at Wild Wenlock they are locals for the weekend 🙂 In this mix of indigenous words and fabrics will be making and writing activities; from decorating bugs and beasties, to postcards from Wild Wenlock, to planting poems. IMG_0957   X0039E0Y

I’ve also created signage for the festival, out of whatever I could get my hands on; cupboard doors and bits of old skirting board have finally found their true purpose. IMG_0954

My painting assistant enjoyed yesterday’s work in the sun as much as I did…IMG_0947

My (human) assistants and I hope to see you there next weekend. Just so you know, these are the rules of Wild Wenlock: IMG_0959

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