Mixed and Recycled Media Artist


The Canal Collage so far…

Canal Collage So Far

Staveley Feast 2012 – The Giant Canal Artwork

Plaiting Plastic Bags for the Collage Our youngest participant! Commissioned by The Chesterfield Canal Trust , this collage will be displayed along the Chesterfield Canal (details to be confirmed!)

Children from Hollingwood Primary School told me loads of fascinating facts and stories about the creatures on the canal, and, over two days of workshops, every child in the school had a go at making a creature out of recycled materials bought in by the children.  These creatures were decorated further at the fantastic Staveley Feast last weekend, and loads of the children’s work was added.  The creatures were added to a frame with plaited plastic bags and look wonderful swimming along the artwork!

There’s still a few more to add, so I’ll be posting a picture soon of the finished picture!

Saturday 22nd May – Playful Places – A Recycled Playground Event!

recycled playParsons Cross Park in Sheffield is the place to be next Saturday! There will be fun activities to launch the start of Sheffield NOW’s Recycled Playground project, where we’ll be collaging and building with recycled materials to find out what makes you play, why play is important , and how we can design stuff to make people playful!

The event is free and fun for children and grown-ups!

11th May Volunteer Induction for The Recycled Playground Project!

The Your Sheffield NOW! Collage was woven through the trees at Endcliffe ParkThere will be a hands on workshop from 10.30 -12 next tuesday for anybody interested in getting involved in The Recycled Playground Project (described a couple of posts back!)  The workshop will be held at our Sheffield NOW! Studio at Bank Street (find directions at http://www.bankstreetarts.com/)

If you are interested call or email me, or lisa on lisaprocter@sheffield-now.com and we’ll send you some more information!

Volunteers needed for really cool Recycled Playground project!

Sheffield NOW! (you can read about the organisation in previous posts) has just got funding through for a very exciting project that I’m going to be working on called ‘The Recycled Playground’.  We’ll be doing a series of fun, free workshops to explore parks in Sheffield and build structures out of recycled stuff that respond to specific spaces and what young people want to do/feel there. The project starts in April…

If you are interested in volunteering or you know of some good places to get recycled stuff (bottles, bags, fabric, wood etc)  get in touch with either lisa (lisaprocter@sheffield-now.com) or me – my Sheffield NOW! email is nickyward@sheffield-now.com.

Come make a Recycled Playground! Saturday 31st October

This Saturday, I will lead artist for a really exciting Sheffield NOW! event at Four Greens, Sheffield (S5 7NN) It will hopefully (depending on funding) be part of a series of events to create a giant play structure out of recycled stuff!

So far, we have aquired loads and loads of old bicycle tyres, and on Saturday will be building with them to make a giant caterpillar structure.  We will also be imagining what it would be like to be a caterpillar for the day, and printing, collaging and writing our stories on strips of fabric (old bedsheets!) that will be sewn together to form part of the caterpillars body.

The event is free and everyone is welcome! Wear scruffy clothes though – you might get paint on them!

Here’s a photo of me practicing building with tyres…


Your Art – The Festival 2009 Scrapbook!

Here’s the artwork visitors made at the Wirksworth Festival 2009!

A few people said they had been inspired them to get collaging  – If you have made any collages, please send me a picture – I’ll add it to the gallery if you would like!

Thanks for coming to the festival!

Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that came to Wirksworth last weekend.  I had a really great time, and will post some pictures soon!

The Chesterfield Canal Collage – Really Nearly Finished!!

Nearly Finished!

I’ll probably carry on adding bits and pieces to this over the next few months, but think that it looks lively and captures the feel of the festival – Thanks to all my helpers over the weekend, I’m very happy with the (almost!) finished result.   Let me know what you think (you can leave a comment below)…

I’ll be exhibiting this along with some of my other work at the Wirksworth Festival on the 12th and 13th September.  If you haven’t been to the festival before, its a fantastic event – Loads of artists display their work in peoples homes and buisnesses throughout Wirksworth – I’ll be just off the Market Place, in Crown Yard.  There’s loads of performances and stuff going on, so there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.  The website is www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk if you want to find out more.

Creative Partnerships, Sheffield

For the past 3 months, I’ve been working with children at Hunters Bar School, Sheffield one day a week as part of a Creative Partnerships project to design and produce a structure that makes the classroom a more creative learning environment.

Working with a textile artist to make the wave of inspiration!

The result is fantastic – a set of drawers that look quite ordinary from the outside, but when each drawer opens, the space is transformed to help you learn in different and exciting ways.

For example, the bottom drawer pulls out to form a stage on which you must wear the special hat to give you good luck…


There’s a friendship funfair that pulls out of another drawer, with loads of games and activities designed by children to help you make friends…

The friendship funfair!

Conversation trees grow out the top of the drawers and can be taken around the school – the colours, textures and pictures inspire different conversations…

Conversation Trees!

There’s also a chill out den that folds out one drawer, and an inspiration wave that rolls out of another! As one child exclaimed on seeing the finished result ‘It’s like each drawer is a tardis!’

Canal Collage!

The Chesterfield Canal Festival was a great event – lots of children helped cut and stick and paint using all the rubbish visitors and exhibitors gave me over the weekend! In a week or so, I’ll have a bit of time to finish the collage, and will put some more pictures up.  For now though, here’s some pictures from the event itself…


busy busy busy!

getting messy!

making birds for the sky!

Chesterfield Canal Festival, Kiveton Park, Rotherham 23rd – 25th May 2009

I’m going to be displaying my work at the Chesterfield Canal Festival – www.kiveton2009.com – It should be a great weekend – you can camp there and they’ll be loads of stalls and stuff going on – including boat rides! I’m going to be getting visitors to donate their rubbish from the festival, and help me create a canal-inspired collage – it should keep me busy for a few days!  Would be great to see you there!

Your Sheffield NOW! Rivelin Valley

Sheffield NOW! teamed up with Ruthie (a fab artist who makes giant knitted structures), and lots of young people and their families to find out more about spaces through den-building and collaging. Using a mixture of french knitting, weaving and collaging, this fantastic structure evolved over the course of an afternoon! A really fun and relaxing way to spend a weekend!

french knitting!


Your Sheffield NOW! Endcliffe Park – Photos from the day!

The Your Sheffield NOW! Collage was woven through the trees at Endcliffe Park making a den! 'I want to bake in this space' - it will be spikey! den.jpg

We had a fantastic day making African inspired dens using bits and pieces found in Endcliffe park Sheffield, weaving artwork people created throughout the event in and out. The work created will be added to the Your Sheffield NOW! Weave (see the Sheffield NOW! page for more details)  – If anyone is interested in helping create the weave, please get in touch – I will be recruiting volunteers for a cake fuelled day, to put together the work we have collected at the last couple of events!