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17 May 2007
 
Newburgh Residency 2007
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Tay Waymarker. Click for Autumn images Swan on the Tay scultptured fish

We are coming to the end of my first 2 months of being artist in residence in Newburgh. The first month was filled with meeting people from various partner groups as well as dog walkers of Newburgh, shop keepers and the fish van. On the weekend of the 5 - 6 May The Fife Arts Co-op joined the Fife Open Studio events with members & myself taking turns to man the desk at The Steeple.

Fife Arts Co-op room used as a gallery for the Fife Open Studio weekend
Steeple clock tower in Main Street on Newburgh
Jeanette at her temporary studio preparing samples to whet the children’s apetite

The highlights in the first month included a film presentation featuring previous residencies and two open studio events at the Fife Arts Co-op.

On both days some magical work was produced. Silk Paper Making was the subject of the first open studio event with some wonderful & varied work being produced. The second event saw six 1970’s Knitting Machines being the focus. Everyone took turns to try the various techniques with the work from each machine becoming a long joint effort

With the help of the museum and Janet Bayne from the History Group a story was told at Newburgh Primary School about a mysterious empty box with connections to the Steeple. This was presented by Jeanette as a vessel to be filled with artistic treasures over the coming months. The children will soon be working to this end with the first items likely to include a book containing jam making recipes. Faces of monks, saints and pirates are also to be felted & worked into a ‘Newburgh Hanging ’.

Janet Bayne & Jeanette introduce to the children the beginnings of the artistic journey to come…
Jeanette with the special box at Newburgh Primary School The residency was featured in the Fife Herald on Friday the 13th April 2007.
Pupil using a quill to write a recipePan full of jam recipes written by the children of Newburgh Primary
Felted faces hanging to dry…Pirates were a big favourite….
left: The first items for the bo x... Felt faces hanging to dry..& jam recipes written by the children with quills. They are made to look old by tearing & burning the edges & sealing with wax.


Altogether it has been an eventful couple of months and I still have found time to enjoy my temporary studio overlooking the reed banks on the Tay. Look out for some Master classes which are being planned for the autumn with Twist Fibres.

Jeanette Sendler

Silk paper with strippings & plant materials

 
 
View of the shore on the Tay at Newburgh
Fife Arts Co-op logo

Plum Job is a year long residency for an artist working with textiles/fibre to explore the past and present relationship of the community to the land in Newburgh.

This residency is sponsored by:
background image: the reeds in the Tay at Newburgh
Scottish Arts Council / Lottery logo Fife Council logo FCA&C logo Ennstone Thistle logo Twist Fibre Craft Studio logo
Wasps logoBranston logo

3 Clinton Street
Newburgh, Fife

Scotland KY14 6DP

email: Jeanette
landline: 01337 841004
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Face though Ice Block