WasteAM was delighted to attend the London Green Fair on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th of June in Regent’s Park where we led workshops using exclusively reused and scrap materials in the LCRN tent.
On Saturday our craft theme was ‘birdness’. Assisted by artist Nastassja we made bird feeders from plastic bottles and gave participating children a takeaway scoop of bird seed. Festival goers were invited to ‘leave a message to the birds’ by writing or drawing on paper birds which were then pinned to our beautifully stencilled tree made from scrap cardboard. We also made a collage parrot using hundreds of bottle tops generously supplied to us by Scrapstores UK.
Throughout the weekend people could also learn how to make adorable, characterful sock puppets with us. More than one hundred people participated, many of whom had never tried sewing before. Workshop facilitators Olivia and Nicky indefatigably guided parents and children through all stages in sock puppet creation, from initial sock selection to applying finishing adornments. In total we used up more than 150 unsaleable socks!
We were sad to discover someone covetous had nicked Nicky’s favourite sock puppet on Sunday afternoon. This incident excepted, it was a wonderful experience for WasteAM to be part of a green event of high repute and national standing.
As workshop facilitators incorporating reuse and waste into our practice, working in the LCRN tent was a first-class connecting and promotional opportunity for the team. In stolen moments of free time, it was also interesting to visit campaign stalls across the fair and to check out the competition in the kids craft tent!
WasteAM would like to thank the following for helping make our reuse and scrap workshops possible and successful:
LCRN - for our pitch and transport of ourselves and materials
Ecomodo - for being patient with our sprawling workshop space