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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!
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