Bringing art to Clarks shopping villageSaturday, 1 July, 2017
Bath Spa University Technical Demonstrator in Embroidery, Joy Merron, is taking up residency at Clarks Village to offer free art workshops to its visitors in July and August.
Clarks Village is an outlet shopping village in Street, Somerset, England. It was established in 1993 on the site of old C&J Clark factory buildings.
Supported by the Somerset Art Works team, Joy and fellow artists Donna Vale and Lisa Cheung, will be giving shoppers the chance to help create a large colourful canopy art installation made out of recycled bottle tops.
The canopy will semi encircle the trunk of a London plane tree, where the workshops will be held, and create viewing windows from the walkways onto the heart of the installation.
The sessions have been designed so shoppers can spend a few minutes or longer, and so that all ages can get involved to help create a magical installation using recycled materials and specially made decorations. Materials are provided and no previous artistic experience is required!
Joy explains the inspiration behind her bespoke design. She said: “The design is inspired by making the most of everyday objects, the beautiful gardens of Clarks Village and celebrating both the geometry and life-giving power of nature.
"At the heart of the installation is the trunk of a beautiful mature tree that offers shade to shoppers and a home for lots of wildlife. We are looking forward to meeting lots of people and helping them to make the different pieces that will become a living art gallery that will grow in both size and biodiversity during the summer holidays.”