mandy munroe

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Two Tone Community Project

Back in January I was a asked to come up with a proposal for a community arts project for Ashford. The theme emerged when we talked about the award winning music festival “Create” that bursts into our calendar every July. The headliner this year will be The Selecter, that well known 2-Tone ska band.

My other half is a keen fisherman, so the mention of Two Tone sparked a connection with Ashford’s famous fish who lived in Conningbrook Lake. He was the largest freshwater fish in the UK and is known all over the world. Named because of his unmistakeable colouring, this mirror carp has inspired the local community to get creative. We die cut fish shaped templates for schools and groups to decorate and these are now on display in shops all over town. There will also be a performance by the newly formed “Humans of Ashford” at Mr Harpers picnic in the park.

(beautiful, decorated fish in the YMCA window, just one of many shops taking part in the Two Tone Trail!)

Local knitter Nicky Triggs, designed the Official Two Tone knitting pattern specially for this project and knitters and crafters have been secretly beavering away creating elements of this yarn bombing installation for the window of Emporia in Park Mall.

(part of the installation including “Two Tone” himself and contributions from the local community)

Brownies mastered the art of finger knitting and made lots of pond weed. Knit and Natter groups collaborated and created fish, a fishing rod and pebbles. I made a quilt……… fish need somewhere to sleep as well……………… 🙂

This was installed yesterday ready for a crazy, action packed weekend scheduled as “Create Platform”. I’m so proud we have such a creative community.

With special thanks to Chris, Clair, Charlotte, Nicky, Carol, Christine, Tracey, Wendy, Julie, Janet, Stephanie, Abi, Elaine, Linda, Lou, Andy, Karin and all of the schools, community groups and shops who have joined in the fun!

#followthefish

#createplatform

 #emporiafabricandcraft

https://www.facebook.com/ashfordcreate/

https://www.facebook.com/events/121274578413422/

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6 comments on “Two Tone Community Project

  1. claire93
    July 12, 2017

    looks and sounds like lots of fun ^^

    • mandymunroe
      July 12, 2017

      It certainly kept us busy and we had lots of giggles along the way 🙂

  2. morrismalc
    July 12, 2017

    Hi ­ I¹ve just shared the Facebook event on my timeline.

    See you soon x

    • mandymunroe
      July 12, 2017

      Cheers! – I hope you get to see some of it x

  3. The Mulberry Mouse
    July 13, 2017

    This sounds like a real community effort, well done for your part in it.

    • mandymunroe
      July 14, 2017

      Thanks Chris, I was honoured to be asked. I love it when everyone pulls together to create beautiful things. A shared experience with lots of laughter 🙂

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