We're getting excited about our first Mysterious Moth event on Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th July!
Taking place at the Spode entrance on Church Street in Stoke centre, we will be showing two evocative projections and one bright and colourful 3D moth installation. Drop in either day between 2pm and 6pm and enjoy the light and airy space to view them.
This event is in partnership with artist friends in the ACAVA studios in Spode and part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone - Hi! Culture Stoke.
It is free to access so come and be uplifted by the wonderful artworks.
Above is a photo of the work in progress by artist Becki Kremer who writes:
"As part of the Mysterious Moth project, I’ve been hand cutting, sewing and embroidering a series of felt moths, of various colours, styles, and sizes.
There are 12 moths, with the designs and colour combinations based on different types of real moths’ complex wing patterns - each with their own distinct personality and motifs.
I’ve been using several different stitching and embroidering techniques to create texture, depth, intricate markings, and layered colours. I also wanted to hand stitch each of them as it allows for more detailed personal touches that I could not achieve with a machine."
Created by friends at Letting in the Light - The Hidden Gems of Stoke trail is now live! Download a leaflet from the trail webpage or pick up a copy from Stoke Market or Library and follow the map to see how many you can spot. To help you spot each hidden gem we have attached a sign to a nearby lamppost.
This week Rachel is placing 40 scarred pots around Stoke (town centre) for the public to discover and keep. Some pots will be placed in small boxes (look out for the Stoke Festival sticker) and others will be placed in nooks and crannies.
My work is inspired by Kintsugi, an ancient Japanese method of mending broken pottery with gold, as a result, the pots become more beautiful and precious. I deliberately scar each pot and fill the scar with gold; expressing the mystery of new beginnings and new life even in our deepest pain. These golden scars represent all our stories of loss and reflect the beauty of hope and healing.
As Part Two of Harry Wakeling's 'Lost Moments' commission he asked: 'What are you most looking forward to when lockdown ends?" The answers were full of hope. They have now been installed on lamposts around the town of Stoke to brighten up people's days. Head over to the Lost Moments page to view them all, or better still, take a walk through the town if you are near to Stoke.
Our friends at Letting in the Light are creating a walking trail in Stoke this spring and it will feature the hidden gems of the town of Stoke.
They are asking for suggestions and photos from local people asking them to share what the hidden gems of the town are
If you can help then click this link to complete a short survey.
🔜 By Friday 19th March!
Tell your friends and neighbours who live in Stoke too - they can pop their ideas into Stoke Market if they aren't on the internet.
Other ways you can let us know:
Post on social media with the hashtag #stoketrail
Message our Facebook page @lettinginthelight
Tag your photo on Instagram or Twitter @lettinginthelight
Any questions - message us or phone us on 07759 233419
Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund
*(Please note: we are focussing on the town of Stoke-upon-Trent.)
In January we got the keys to Plot 33 - an allotment for Greening Stoke!
Anne and Rachel are writing a regular blog post which you can follow through the Greening Stoke website, or use the link from the Greening Stoke page.
Greening Stoke is a project run in partnership between Festival Stoke and Letting in the Light.
"We want to share with you the journey of taking on an allotment for Greening Stoke. We will share our ups and our downs, and we hope that you will be able to come and visit us during 2021.
Sign up to our newsletter too, keep up to date with how the allotment is developing and, once lockeown eases, we can tell you when we are running activities you can join in.
Adam Buckeridge has created three amazing soundscape recordings, so grab a pair of headphones, sit down, chill and enjoy the first of these - Rural Soundscape.
Here's a teaser video of the latest Festival Echo by Adam Buckeridge:
The environment in which we live;
the environments that we love.
Let's keep our connection
with the sounds of nature.
Reflect on what's at stake,
what needs to change.
Soundscapes of our landscapes,
the preservation of beauty in nature
and our communities.
Music, editing, photos and videos by Adam Buckeridge.
Would you like a gift of beautiful pottery? We are placing Rachel Ho's porcelain pots around Stoke for you to find. Tell us in the comments below about your special place in the town and why? We will tell you when the free art is in your memorable place.
Go to our Facebook page and leave a message to say where you would like to find one in Stoke?
Find out more about the project on the Festival Echoes page Scarred.
The stunning new Festival Echo video 'Continue to Burn' by dancer and choreographer Steff D'Arcy is now live! Make yourself a coffee, turn up the sound and enjoy.
Festival Stoke is a collaborative of creative people working together to make good things happen.