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18/09/12 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre

Printmaking With the Kids

I am Kirsty Chalmers, New Lanark’s new Assistant Development Officer and you’ll probably hear from me a lot over the next while as I get to know New Lanark and my role. I am not completely new to New Lanark. Whilst at University I worked as a Food & Beverage Assistant in the hotel and once I graduated I was very lucky to be able to apply for my current role. My role involves a wide variety of tasks – mostly organising the marketing and advertising of the visitor centre, the hotel, the health and leisure club, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill and the site in general and also organising the events that happen throughout the year (any suggestions for events and promotions are warmly welcomed).

This blog however is going to focus on one of the events I volunteered for at the weekend. New Lanark took part in Doors Open Day & Scottish Archaeology month this year and as I am still getting to know the site, I volunteered to help out at the weekend. Jane (our Heritage Manager) thought I’d be perfect for the role of organising the print making workshop with the kids, so I agreed.

I don’t think I quite realised what I was letting myself in for at the time, however. The printmaking workshop came about from the idea that children attending the event could help us to design some new wallpaper for the Museum Stair – one of the buildings that was opened for the weekend. The way to make these new wallpapers was to chop up loads of vegetables and dunk them in some paint and make print patterns with them. Needless to say it was very messy and a lot of fun. We had over 100 children and about the same number of adults attend the ‘printmaking workshops’ and many of them took their designs home with them. This was a great event with loads going on and I am excited to get more involved with a similar (but bigger) event next year!

I obviously had to have a go myself when I was encouraging others to do it!


Some of the designs from the very talented kids that attended.

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13/09/12 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , ,

New Lanark Wool Used in Tapestry Exhibition

Don’t miss the ‘Inspired Landscapes’ exhibition of wall hangings by Forth Community Resource Centre, in the River Room at New Lanark until 11 October.  The hangings are approximately the size of postcards and are very appealing.  Inspired by local landscapes, many of the tapestry items are woven from New Lanark wool in soft natural colours. Weaving, embroidery and crochet stitches are combined to create impressions of trees, water, moorland and hills.  One hanging shows Dundaff Linn waterfall at the end of New Lanark village.  Brilliant!

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07/09/12 Roof Garden # ,

Roof Garden Diary September 2012

Summer is gradually slinking away but a whole new set of flowers has appeared at the start of autumn in New Lanark Roof Garden.  Purple anemones are coming out, and there are beautiful Japanese anemones with clear white petals and orange centres.  Dazzling yellow stars of coreopsis glow beneath the owl sculpture.  The button-shaped flower heads of lavender cotton (Santolina) are fading fast, and smell like sweaty socks! On the other side of the garden, scores of hoverflies are attracted to the pale mauve spikes of heather ‘Silver Knight’. The swallows are still around but will soon be leaving for warmer climes as the temperature drops.

In flower in September – purple anemone, Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, Russian sage‘ Blue Spire’, coreopsis verticillata, heather (Calluna) ‘Silver Knight’, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, liatris spicata, rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’, buddleia davidii ‘Harlequin’.

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