|Primary school pupils adding their own handmade cups to the carousel made by Kirsty E Smith and Wendy Johnson|
|The King George Gallery a unique space within The Ilkeston and Ormiston Academy, Derbyshire.|
We started the project, called ‘Dear SLS’, with a visit to the Derbyshire and Derby Schools Library Service Collection and what a special place it is; the building itself was inspirational.
|Vaulted ceiling of the Derbyshire and Derby Schools Library Collection|
|Stitched fabric collages; these were especially popular in the1970's|
Dear SLS also helped some year 10 students gain their Silver Arts Award; they selected objects from the collection and curated their own exhibition with these objects. Ceramic artist, Wendy Johnson, and I looked at the items that Tim Berry had selected for his Fairground inspired exhibition (some gorgeous stuff that it was very easy to be inspired by)
|Colourful and bold illustrations in a children's book, Night at the Fair.|
|Detail from a well known Barbara Jones lithograph (1945)|
Wendy and I decided to work together to make our own contribution; a carousel which would be part ceramic and part wood, wire and textiles. This is the first collaborative piece that I have made and although not actually a Frillip Moolog sculpture I did use techniques that I have used in previous Frillip Moolog beings.
|Me (Kirsty E Smith) with student Tim Berry and ceramic artist Wendy Johnson (right)|
|I designed a template for the cups and then printed it directly onto coloured card. The pupils decorated, cut out and assembled their own cups.|
|Terracotta cup from the Norwegian collection within the Schools Library Service and fairground teacup ride|
|Motif copied from a hand painted African wallhanging and stylised eyes inspired by those of an Indonesian carved goddess (both items included in the People and Places part of the exhibition).|
|Looking up inside the carousel canopy is one of favourite views|
|The other participating artists having a musical relax within the gallery space at the end of a busy day.|
Other artists contributing to Dear SLS:
If you are interested in visiting the Dear SLS exhibition in The King George Gallery, The Ilkeston and Ormiston Academy then contact Kate Le Provost Community and Arts Development Officer on 0115 9948635
for opening times.