Here are Stuart A. and Clare B. with their finished IKAT weaving projects. It’s a unique weaving and painting process we’ve been experimenting with in our Art & Craft Workshop. We painted our plan warps based on sketchbook drawings, then woven the dyed yarn to create fabric. For further reading on this type of weaving, please visit this website – https://theswatchbook.offsetwarehouse.com/2015/08/28/need-know-ikat-weaving/
To all our supporters, thank you for everything you have done this year to support people with learning disabilities. Whether you’re donating time or money, eating in our Cafe or visiting our Shop, attending our Craft Fairs or just popping in and taking the time to say hello. You are making a huge difference, and your generosity and kindness are always appreciated. Thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Our Resident Forum group delivered an Environmental Awareness and Recycling training in July and August. We discussed the environmental impact of household waste, landfill sites, plastic pollution and ways to reduce our waste and help to protect the environment. We played a Who Wants to be a Millionaire quiz game, with Andrew M posing as Chris Tarrant, Chloe A as the assistant game host, Liam D, Tamsin A, Robert P, Jane W and Thomas C as game contestants. Residents, co-workers and staff were actively engaged and involved in the game and it was fun and educational, both the trainers and participants thoroughly enjoyed the two sessions.
Chinese New Year is on the 16th of February this year. It marks the start of the lunar year and the first day of spring; hence it is also called the Spring Festival. In the Chinese Zodiac, an animal sign represents the years and this will be the year of the dog. In China, people take a week-long holiday from work to celebrate the festive period with their families and loved ones. A traditional food to have on New Year Eve is called Jiaozi, a type of dumpling with ground meats and vegetable wrapped in a thin layer of dough, boiled and served while still hot. Most cities and town would have parades; some also have lion dance to celebrate this special day. Traditionally, fireworks and firecrackers are set off to scare away demons. Camphill residents are well exposed to Chinese traditions as many co-workers from China bring their rich cultural heritage with them. It seemed accidental that Aaron – a young work experience student with Chinese culture, was sent to me just when I was pondering about the Chinese New Year. It does make me wonder that this festival is magical too! We would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a prosperous Chinese New Year. By Lee S, with help from Aaron.