Bookmarks Project XV

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Recently the group had the opportunity to take part in the Bookmarks: Infiltrating the Library System Project 2017 – 2018

Below is a brief introduction to the project:

Bookmarks XV,  is the fifteenth and final outing of the Bookmarks series. Part I of the series launched in 2004 and has since visited 159 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools, museums and libraries in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA.

For further information visit their website

As part of the project we produced 100 bookmarks to be sent to the other participants from around the world. In return we received a set of bookmarks containing our bookmark and those of the other participants.  It was very interesting  and exciting to receive bookmarks from artists all around the world.

The origin and inspiration for our bookmark design was that the group required a logo that was eye catching and could be used as an official group emblem. We wanted to include imagery that reflected the range of Arts and Crafts which the group has produced. Members of the group submitted designs and the group experimented with different images, mediums and printing techniques. Above is the chosen design, which was designed by group member Marlene Kernohan.



Artists’ Book Market BALTIC & Fox Irving

Cramlington Community Art Group were invited along by Fox Irving to take part in an Alternative Media Workshop organised  as part of the Artists’ Book Market BALTIC.

With the General Election coming up this workshop aimed to  explore and unpack  thoughts and feelings on the issues and what is at stake, sharing ideas on what is next for us, and what we can do together.
News on the day was altered  with words, symbols, icons, colours, paint and images that represent or characterise the stories that are important.
This workshop  created an interactive thinking environment to discover, play and communicate. It is on  displayed at  BALTIC Artist’ Book Market on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May, 10.00-17.00, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
Fox Irving is an artist who graduated from Camberwell College of Art. She works with the page and the book to explore language through words and paint. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally and has been awarded the Bookartbookshop and London Centre for Book Arts awards.

Artists’ Sketch Books

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Cramlington Community Art Project have been making hand made artists’ sketch books with a beautiful range of paper, including Zerkal, Somerset and Fabriano!

Its all in preparation for when artists Theresa Poulton, visits the group Monday March 6th. Theresa will be leading a still life drawing session when group members will be using their very own , hand made sketch books.  Made from scratch, the books measure 30x40cm and have been covered with a selection of patterned paper.  Watch this space to see the final results!

Anyone can join the group, just pop in Monday morning 10-12noon.  There’s loads going on!

Further  contact details HERE.

Woodhorn Winter Market- a great success

CCAP have been very busy over the weekend, selling hand made gifts at the Woodhorn Winter Market.

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“It was great to hear visitors say they liked the work”, “people were surprised we had made everything” and “it was a great way to get to know each other better”.

Just some of the feedback from the group members of CCAP.  Its a brilliant way to learn new, creative skills together in a really friendly environment.  The final session for the year is Monday 17th December – we’ll be making 2017 calenders, munching mince pies and welcoming the children and young people of the group members to join in the fun – drop in if you can!


*STOP PRESS* First session back for in the New Year is Monday 9th January.

CCAP visit Shipley Art Gallery

CCAP visited Shipley Art Gallery recently to explore the textile collection, with specific attention paid to examples of quilting. Julie Ballands from the Learning Team took time out of a busy day to talk to the group about the history of the Shipley collection.  This involved a hands on  activity using the fantastic education space, followed by a creative workshop with Louise Underwood.   Quilting has an amazing history which Louise explained beautifully, after which the group started their own piece  of  quilting work.  A great day at the Shipley with lots of inspirational ideas to take away and a bespoke behind the scenes tour of the archives in the basement.cram1 cram2 cram4 cram7 cram8 cram9 cram10 cram11 cram12 cram13 cram14 cram15 cram16 cram17 cram18 cram19

Woodhorn Christmas Market – Here we come!

We are taking part in Woodhorn Christmas Market

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December 2016 10-4pm

Preparations for the market have already started with these fantastic pieces of work by Ingrid, a new member to the group.  The work has been framed by Frame of Mind, best described as vocational well being for people living with dementia.   You can vote for Frame of Mind in the Aviva Community Fund HERE.  Its a great opportunity for the group to access much needed additional funds, to continue the important work.

The group meet every Monday morning with ideas of what to make and how to make it!  Visiting artists provide sparks of ideas and creative skills, all you need to to get involved.  Come along and find out more!

The group will be making hand stitched printed books to sell at the fair, colourful Christmas cards, bags and aprons – come along on the day and pick up some fantastic pieces of original art work – real Christmas bargains!


Photo Credit: Loraine


Photo Credit: Loraine


Photo Credit: Loraine

Painting with Acrylics

The lovely volunteer Sarah joined the group for the first time today, to show members of the group how to paint with acrylics.

Sarah showed the group some examples of her work.  Her paintings showed a natural ability to capture animals using acrylic paint and canvas in a beautifully realistic way.  Group members at first were unsure they could reproduce anything like Sarah’s work, but within an hour, it was obvious they would produce some amazing results.  With Sarah’s expert knowledge and experience and the enthusiasm from the group, the two hours flew by!

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This month the group are featured in BAITs Newsletter – check it out!




Dry felt making session with Miranda Petersen

Artist Miranda Petersen worked with CCAP group Monday 17th October & made some fantastic work!  A regular visitor to the group, Miranda had previously worked with the group on Encaustic Painting.  The dry felt making workshop produced some delicate results which will be on show at this years Festive Fair at Woodhorn.

Check out the latest work!

New members welcome for this regular Monday morning creative session at Cramlington Community Centre – all welcome, more information HERE.


Photography: Miranda Petersen


Screen printing & Christmas decorations


CCAP are exhibiting at this years  Woodhorn Winter Market  and plans are well under way!  Woodhorn’s annual market features a fabulous selection of gifts, food and produce from some of the region’s finest makers, crafters and producers. Entry to the Winter Market and Museum is free, on site parking is £3.50 per vehicle.  Today’s session produced some fantastic designs for hand screen printed cards, paper, tags and Christmas stockings.  The group plan to sell and exhibit a range of hand crafted gifts, made during their Monday morning get togethers.


Pauline popped by and showed the group how to make re-cylced bottle top Christmas tree decorations.


Monday 17th 10-12noon, Miranda Peterson will be showing the group needle felting.

The workshop aims to explain and explore techniques in dry felt making over a 2 hour period. Learners will develop their skills and gain knowledge of using unspun, dyed sheep’s wool to produce their own colourful, handmade 3 dimensional pieces.

During the session we will be using a technique called ‘needle felting’. Learners will explore the process of dry felt making using barbed needles to sculpt and form dry unspun coloured woollen fibres, including blending fibres, to create small birds.

The tutor will guide each learner during the session as they develop their skills in needle felting, so that by the end of the session they will have produced their very own needle felted birds.

No experience is necessary, and all materials will be supplied.   Come along if you are interested and give it a go! Contact the group HERE.