There are some great local craft shops and artists in Bristol and the area where I live.
Paper Village is one of them. http://www.thepapervillage.co.uk/ An independent craft shop, based in the Southville area of Bristol, Paper Village is a great shop which, apart from stocking loads of great craft goodies, runs regular workshops and (here’s the clever bit) hosts community knit and crochet alongs, creating giant exhibition style pieces of art.
They have recently completed a hyperbolic crochet reef (for more on hyperbolic crochet see here http://hyperbolic-crochet.blogspot.co.uk/) with fish, coral and all manner of under the sea things which has been exhibited on the famous Bristol Southbank Arts Trail.
This time round, the people at Paper Village have happened upon the idea of creating a woolly version of Bristol. What a FAB idea! I immediately have visions of knitted hot air balloons, a crochet Clifton Suspension Bridge and woolly SS Great Britain. Vicky Harrison from Paper Village says;
“The model will be knitted, crocheted, needlefelted and beaded and will include features such as the SS Great Britain, Balloons, Pies, Blue glass, sailing boats, the zoo, Ashton court, Kites, millenium square, foxes, deer and more – all those things that make you think ‘Bristol'”
When I think of Bristol, I think colourful Hotwells houses, street art in Gloucester Road, the river, Clifton bridge and trains…
I’m hoping to get involved and maybe knit or crochet some colourful houses or boats to bob around on the River Avon…. watch this space!
The team at Paper Village hope to be finished by May 2014 and will be running various courses, workshops and woolly jams between now and then to get everything made.
So, If you are an individual or group and want to be involved then drop in the Paper Village at 200 North street BS3 1JF or phone 0117 9639452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .