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Artist Information : Karen Whiterod
 
Category : Textiles  
Preferred age groups : 8 year upwards  
Maximum group size : 30 (depending on age & nature of workshop)  
Workshop Proposals : Sculpting with words - Craft words of hope about the world we wish to live in. Following - What is climate justice - exercise, participants - free write - to find their words. Learn techniques to craft these from discarded power & communications cables with other materials. Tools provided. Words can be composed into poem-messages and or 3D form, wall mounted artwork.

Curve build with bottles what could it become -
Inspired by honeycombs. On one side the shapes tessellate & on the other, they do not, this enables the curving form. A wall or panel could be made in a workshop, then develop into a structure - sculpture. Cascade learning opportunity with further groups after workshop to extend possibilities.

Marine Life Forms. Inspired by plant-like animals (phytoplankton) from the ocean to create small sculptures. Plastic waste materials will be explored creatively. Use art to inform about issues in the world today ocean waste, excessive consumption.

Mobile Artworks (suspended) - Selecting lightweight discarded materials for their colour, translucency and texture. Students experiment with pivotal points and delicate balances using wire to create a unique suspended artwork. Inspired by Alexander Calder mobiles.
Windmills - Make hand-held windmills from waste, natural materials & wire. These windmills are not just ornamental; they will spin fast. The techniques involved are cutting, piercing & threading.  
Education/ 
Qualifications :
Arts Award adviser silver & bronze Forest Schools level one
MA: Design by Independent Project - Brighton University.
Diploma of Credit: Artists in Primary Schools - Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.
City & Guilds: Adult Education Teaching - Sprowston Adult Education Centre.
BA (Hons): Jewellery and Silversmithing - Birmingham Institute of Art & Design.
BTEC Diploma: General Art & Design - Great Yarmouth College of Art & Design.  
Exhibitions : Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail, Raveningham, Norfolk
The Journey & Balance - Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail, Norfolk
SEAhouse, LIGHThouse, SPIRIThouse: Salthouse 08, Salthouse, Norfolk
Reworked, Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth, Cardiff  
Work Experience : Freelance environmental artist/designer
Delivered bespoke 1-day workshops, live-art weeks, technology days, special commissions & activities for events. Previous clients have been schools, councils, festivals, wildlife trusts.  
 
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