CAROL PARKER - socially engaged artist


‘Plank 2013’ Yarnbomb installation – Market Rasen MR BIG Arts & Crafts Festival 2 Feb-2 March.

Below is an introduction to the Festival.   I’m hoping to create a colourful knitted display in the town centre.  MR BIG has done amazing work to bring the community of Market Rasen together.

The kinds of things that will be available to be decorated are: lamposts, bench seats, bollards, images and measurements available if you email me.  Anything with stripes would be fantastic.   Oh and in case you’re wondering, the ‘Rasen’ of Market Rasen comes from an Anglo Saxon word meaning ‘planks’ hence the title of the festival!

If you would rather go ‘off piste’, there’s a tree to hang things from and countless shop door handles that would love to be adorned with knitted treasures!

Finally….thanks so much for taking part and please…

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#imapiece @ The Craft Inn 4th Feb 2013

#imapiece is a project from The Craftivist Collective which is supporting Save the Children’s campaign to give every child a life free from hunger. I am very happy to announce the The Craft Inn will be running an #imapiece event on Monday 4th Feb at The Lamb in Surbiton from 7pm.

We live in a world with enough food for everyone, yet hunger remains the biggest underlying cause of child deaths. Every hour of every single day, 260 children die because they can’t get enough to eat. For millions more hunger is a life sentence– causing devastating and irreversible damage.

This year, we have a historic opportunity to change this.

We want the Prime Minister to use his G8 presidency this year to push world leaders to invest in nutrition interventions that will save millions of lives.

Jigsaw hi res hands

As part of the #imapiece project I’ve joined hundreds of other members of the craft community who care deeply about injustices facing children around the world. Crafters all over the UK are creating jigsaw pieces stitched with their messages about injustice to show the Prime Minister that we want him to take action on hunger this year.

Do your bit towards ending world hunger and show how you are a piece of the Puzzle. On the 17th and 18th June 2013 the UK will be hosting the G8 summit. Save The Children and The Craftivist Collective are inviting people from all over the UK to design and make a puzzle piece that will show their passion and support of for and of projects that aim to solve world hunger.

How can you become involved? On February 4th 2013, The Craft Inn will be holding a #imapiece event. Templates for the puzzle pieces and ideas of what to do will be provided, as well as a wide range of materials to use to design and make your piece. Your puzzle piece will then be sent off and become apart of a large installation that will be displayed at the G8 summit, to be seen by world leaders and dignitaries, proving that the people of the UK are supportive of any positive moves that can be made in the plight to end world hunger.

The event will take place at the Lamb in Surbiton on Monday 4th February, and will commence at 7:30pm continuing until around 10:30.

We can be the generation to end hunger. The #imapiece project aims to show that we can all be part of the solution and craft lovers can use their talents and hobbies to do just that.

You can find further information about the project by visiting the #imapiece website:


Significant Seams is such a great project and this post is so beautiful and thought provoking. I hope you enjoy x

Significant Seams

In the wake of tragedy, heartache, and frustration, the seams of this community are lined with laughter, determination, and grit. The community of Walthamstow, creative, diverse, and generous inspires me, and what Significant Seams aspires to be.

Today, the first words I heard as I arrived at work, “I’m sorry, I’m not here for the class. I’m here to volunteer. I have to volunteer.” An American ex-pat mother, inspired by Gandhi, struggling with her emotions in response to the Connecticut travesty/tragedy. Next, an alert from a customer and fellow social entrepreneur who’s using her influence to help my business. Then, the focus of my day: hosting a funder to see the site of our new premises (which has a donated sofa courtesy of an army of almost invisible volunteers since the last time I was in… which was yesterday, with architects offering to work pro bono!) and to visit the…

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A little Creative Gem in South West London. Open to the public this weekend!

Little London Observationist

If you take a short ride on the R68 bus from Richmond, alight at King Street and turn the corner, you’ll come to a narrow footbridge arching over the Thames. This leads to the magical and eccentric Eel Pie Island with an off-beat name just right for its off-beat story.

Bridge To Eel Pie Island

This mysterious little slice of traffic-free land has a musical history that tosses about names like John Mayall, Mick Jagger, Cyril Davies, Eric Clapton, David Bowie. Even before their time, Charles Dickens was said to enjoy a beer over that bridge and Henry VIII was rumoured to pop by the island to fill his stomach with eel pies on his way to entertain his mistresses.

Rainbow Shed

The island’s Eel Pie Hotel became the phenomenon that started it all with hundreds of revellers flooding the island to see The Who or The Stones in the hotel, to drink, dance, get high, sleep…

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Surbiton food festival a call for Artists and Makers

Image curtesy of Tangle Photography

Image courtesy of Tangle Photography

The first annual Surbiton food festival will take place between Saturday 4th May and Sunday 19th May 2013.
The organisers are looking to add an artistic touch to the event; searching for local creative talent as well as further a field.
Do you have a passion for creating art from food? Are you a keen knitter or crocheter that could contribute to a large scale woolen artwork? Do you have any other ideas that you would like to contribute? If so please email proposals and examples of your work to by the 31st January.

Please note we are unable to pay for contributions but are more than happy to offer you any publicity we can for your present and future projects. More info on the festival can be found at

Image curtesy of Tangle Photography.

Image courtesy of Tangle Photography.

Thanks to Tangle Photography for these great images!