Archive for August, 2010

Crocheting Accy

August 30, 2010

ArtYarn, along with Huckleberry Films, spent their first weekend in Accrington Market Hall this weekend.

Whilst ArtYarn taught crochet to some very enthusiatstic ladies, Caroline and David from Huckleberry Films were recording people’s stories and thoughts about Accrington for their animation project – Animating Accy.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to have a go at crochet and a big thank you to all of you who took the time to come and chat to me about the project and to let me know that you will come along to some future sessions.

Coming up over the next few weeks are more dates where you will have the opportunity to learn how to crochet – beginners and experienced and people of  all ages are welcome.

Drop in anytime on these dates to take part, all materials are supplied and each sessions is completely free!

  • Friday 3rd September 10am – 1pm
  • Saturday 4th September 10am – 1pm
  • Thursday 9th  September 10am – 1pm
  • Friday 10th  September 10am – 1pm
  • Saturday 11th  September 10am – 1pm

I have also been kindly invited along to the first Knit & Natter group at the Civic Arts Centre in Oswaldtwistle on Wednesday 1st September and I will be there between 11am and 2.30pm.

There will be more crochet workshops dates released very soon and after those, a short series of sculpture building workshops for everyone to take part in.

Please visit the Crocheting Accy project blog for more images and info on the project.

Happy crocheting, Rachael (ArtYarn) 🙂

Workshops in Hyndburn

August 30, 2010

ArtYarn and Huckleberry Films have been working together in Accrington Market Hall as part of Hyndburns second phase of the project.  Huckleberry Films have been interviewing local people about their favourite shops and places in town, and finding out about the different ways they use Accrington.  So if you want to know where to get the tastiest cup of tea and scone in the town centre, or the  best place to find Edinburgh Rock… Dave and Caroline will probably now know the answers!  

ArtYarn  has been running crochet workshops with the public, making freeform creations and teaching the skill to people who’ve never done any before. The sessions will be running over various dates for the next few weeks. The crochetted work will be used to decorate the town centre, and some of the final pieces will be included in an animated film being made by Huckleberry Films.


Meet The Artist, Jonathan Marchant

August 29, 2010

Hi everyone, here’s a little personal feedback about my experience of the two gallery weeks down at the Let Project.  We initially set the shop up as a forum for The Art Bunker members work and a space for the public to roll up their sleeves and ‘ have a go ‘.  After a few days it became obvious that there were a lot of people out there who did numerous aspects of visual work but they were working in isolation and showed a lot of enthusiasm about joining The Art Bunker.  We began to invite people to bring some of their work in to hang on the walls for sale and had a great response. Some people had intentions of pursuing their work seriously and others for pure enjoyment, either way it was great to give them their first opportunity to see their work hanging on public display.

Sales of work were low but in terms of generating interest,  gathering contact information, recruiting new members and generally raising awareness about all aspects of The Art Bunker the two weeks can only be thought of as successful.

Another important aspect of the two weeks proved that the current members of The Art Bunker could work well as a team in the public realm.

Hip Hip Hooray to everyone involved !


The Art Bunker – Craft Week & People

August 29, 2010

The Art Bunker – Craft Week

August 29, 2010

I’m Yours!

August 29, 2010

They are back!

August 20, 2010

new Blackburn LET shop coming soon

August 12, 2010

We are opening the new LET shop in September, it is an old Jewellers on Town Hall Square so slap bang in the middle of the town with only a hop and a jump needed to get to the Museum and Art Gallery, Library or anywhere else in town. We open with Doorstep Collective in middle of September so look out for updates on the blog or

Ey Up Chuck

August 12, 2010

Ey Up,  Sally Leach has completed her mural of Blackburn life on the boarded up front of a shop on Lord St West, Blackburn. Visit it and see how many local characters you can spot

Accrington is underway… (via The Open Shop Project by Creativity Works)

August 12, 2010

Accrington is underway... I've returned from leave to find the Accrington Open Shop Project well underway with exciting new developments. From this Friday there will be dress on display in the market that is a replica of one the Anne Haworth wore when in mourning. Sarah will also be using the printing blocks from the Haworth's collection in the market. For more developments see More

via The Open Shop Project by Creativity Works