Archive for September, 2010

Beginning a second week at LET for Doorstep Drop-In

September 23, 2010

Met lots of lovely people today as we touted our wares down at Doorstep today.  Not so many of them came in but their promises tell us to be ready for a busy day on Saturday.

One fab family had a go at all we had to offer.  They came up with lots of imaginary ideas from the touchy feely box – a concertina became a peacock, a fan and a little baby fan, a piano, the wings of a bird, and probably some other things I missed.  They also got sticky and peeked through some pretty tubes as they made a ‘Little City’.

We had the chance to polish up our light and texture window display, get some more signs up and work on our family gallery wall which I’d quite like to call the “Wonderwall”.

Lots of fun.

Kate, Doorstep Collective.


Blackburn LET shop is open and on the map!

September 20, 2010

Psst, have you heard? There’s a new LET shop open at 65 King William Street, Blackburn (right opposite the Town Hall). We took a trip there on Saturday and found all sorts of interesting things to do and to snap!

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Doorstep Collective have created a family learning hub (or POD), a fun multi-sensory environment with innovative activity packs and workshops. So, why don’t you drop by and explore for yourself?
The shop will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (11 am– 3.30 pm) from 16th September until 9th October.

Pin Your Creativity to the LET Map

We’re looking for photos and videos showing Creativity to build-up an inspirational map of Pennine Lancashire. You can add your images to the LET map too! Find out more here:

ArtYarn in Accrington…

September 19, 2010

The past few weeks have been really busy at the LET work space in Accrington Market Hall. I have updated the Crocheting Accy! project blog this weekend and there are tonnes of new pictures and write ups on there so please take a look.

The final drop in ‘Learn To Crochet’ workshops will take place over the next 2 weeks before ArtYarn start constructing a series of new sculptures to install around Accrington town centre. All are welcome to contribute to the building of the sculptures, more details will follow soon.

The final Learn to Crochet workshops will take place on:

  • Saturday 25th September – 10am – 4pm @ Accrington Market Hall
  • Thursday 30th September – 10am – 4pm @ Accrington Market Hall
  • Saturday 2nd October – 10am – 4pm @ Accrington Market Hall

I hope to see you there and I hope you enjoy reading all about the project on the blog.

Family learning at the LET shop in Blackburn

September 14, 2010

The first LET project in Blackburn starts installing at 65 King William Street, right opposite the Town Hall, on Wednesday 15th September! Doorstep Collective is a Manchester based visual art and curatorial collective run by Kate Day and Dena Bagi, who both have a background in museum and gallery learning. Kate and Dena are creating a POD, a creative family learning hub, in the shop. This will be a drop-in multi-sensory environment with innovative activity packs that promote whole family learning, and tempting workshops. Sounds exciting!

The initial inspiration for PODs came to Kate and Dena after passing a children’s bookshop.  Every time they passed they saw swarms of people spilling out of the door.  They discovered they were waiting to access the ‘soft reading’ area: a free, local learning resource that families want to drop into.  Their vision for their LET project is to make family learning an everyday, social experience right on families’ doorsteps in the middle of town.

Doorstep Collective will be at the LET shop on 65 King William Street on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., from 16th September until 9th October. Pop in to have a go and watch out for their blogs.

SHOP! – Poetry in Clitheroe

September 9, 2010


OVER 50 Clitheroe shops will display poems next week in a unique collaboration between Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza, the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Ribble Valley Borough Council. 

The “Shop!” project will see poetry displayed in over 50 town centre shops in a series of innovative and eye-catching window displays from Saturday September 11th to Saturday September 18th, as part of the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture.

 The poetry will include original work by the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza alongside work by established and well-known poets, such as Jean Sprackland, whose poem, Hands, will be displayed in the Castle Chippy, Moor Lane, Clitheroe.

The window displays will include a 5ft wall hanging of Clitheroe author Jane Eagland’s poem, I am a Knitted Woman, at Designer Knitting Yarns in Moor Lane.

 Designer Knitting Yarns will also host poetry readings by Jane Eagland, Rachel Davies, who is a student of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and Clitheroe poet Jenny Palmer at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, September 18.

 A selection of poems will also be published in an anthology called Here is Where the Candy Sticks: Poems about Shopping in Clitheroe edited by Jo Harding, who runs Clitheroe Books, and Ribble Valley Borough Council’s principal communications officer, Theresa Robson, and produced by Design 360 Ltd of Stonyhurst. Here is Where the Candy Sticks will be launched at Molly’s Café in Moor Lane, Clitheroe on Thursday, September 16. Further details are available from Clitheroe Books on 01200 444242.

 The anthology will feature a series of powerful images depicting Clitheroe traders at work by Pendleton photographer Dean Carney, including a spoof of the famous Beatles-Abbey Road photograph on the front cover.

 Jo Harding said: “The aim of Shop is to position poetry as a public art form capable of raising debate and enhancing the social and economic wellbeing of Clitheroe by increasing footfall into the town centre during a period of financial restraint.

 “Several shopkeepers are really going to town on their displays, particularly Designer Knitting Yarns, which looks set to be one of the focal points of the week.”

 Ian Lloyd, president of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce, added: “Clitheroe shops and their owners have a rich cultural heritage and are famous for their award-winning, independent establishments, many of which have been run by the same families for generations.

 “Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce was delighted to join forces with the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza and Ribble Valley Borough Council to promote local traders in this inspirational project.

 “Our members will be working alongside the poets to capture the essence of Clitheroe’s shopping experience through vivid installations and window displays within their shops and businesses.”

For information on future poetry workshops watch this space!


September 6, 2010

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Public Knitting and Crochet Circle this weekend!

September 6, 2010

This Saturday,  ArtYarn would like to invite you to a public knitting and crochet event at Accrington Market Hall from 11am until 3pm, drop in any time and enjoy a knit and a natter. We will be in the LET space (small market stall) directly outside Habiknit wool shop.

  • All are welcome, from experienced to beginners, or  come and refresh your skills.
  • All ages welcome
  • Bring along your knitting or crochet project
  • Meet like other knitters and crocheters from the area
  • Swap creative ideas
  • Take part in ‘Crocheting Accy’ – A community Arts Project for Accrington
  • The session is completely free and materials will be provided for all.

ArtYarn will have a selection of free patterns for you to take away, books and magazines to browse through, and ArtYarn will be on hand to teach you new techniques and would especially love to teach anyone who would like to learn knitting or crochet.

Location: Peel Street, Town Centre, Accrington BB5 1HB (Click for Map)
Time: Anytime between 11am & 3pm
Cost: FREE
Age: All