Zig-Zagging our way through play!
Rebecca, our Education Development Officer, headed off to Europe this morning, to be part of an EU Project called 'WEAVE' which brings together Italy, Bulgaria and The Netherlands to explore an interesting textile art project. Here Rebecca tells us a little bit about the project, Imaginosity's involvement and what she hopes to learn along the way.
" One of the best parts of my role as Education Development Manager is the chance to meet with people working in all fields of education and learning. Most of the time this involves visiting schools, museums, education centres, universities and attending conferences all around Ireland. But every now and then I get a chance to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from further afield. This month I am delighted to have the chance to take part in an EU project called 'Weave', a project developed with the support of the Cultural Programme of the European Union. The main aim of 'Weave' is to organise a series of free public events about textile art in The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Italy entitled 'Zig-Zag - Textile, fibre and felt: it's Smart Child's Play'!
As Imaginosity is an Associated Partner, I have the opportunity to take part in 3 free access Zig-Zag Events in Amsterdam, Sofia and Rome (September - October 2014) working alongside Waag Society (Institute for Art, Science and Technology, The Netherlands), Association Art Land (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Explora, the children's museum of Rome, with 3 international textile artists and art student groups, to offer textile workshops to children, families and schools. Through the Weave Project, children and adults will interact with different textile techniques, from the actual weaving itself, to working with felt and with knitting. There will also be alternative materials used such as recycled products, innovative fabrics, plastic yarns and raffia. Families will work with artists and museum facilitators on the creation of three different collective textile artworks, which will stimulate creativity and knowledge through play and hands-on experience.
Before the events take place I am off to Sofia to take part in a training session with educators from the 'Toy Museum' in Istanbul, Turkey and the Museum of Macedonia. The session will explore the trans-national traditions of textiles across Europe. It is also a great chance for Imaginosity to network with other museums and learning professionals across Europe. I will hopefully pick up some hints and tips on best practice and new ideas for projects that will enhance Imaginosity's educational programming. As Imaginosity is the only children's museum in Ireland, it is not often that we get the chance to work alongside other children's museum educators, so for that reason along I am looking forward to beginning the training in Sofia!"