Sometimes time just seems to run away. Halloween has come and gone, as has the day of remembrance for the destruction of Parihaka. Instead of focussing on new creations for Library Graphics, my mind has been busy with little 'recycled books' projects (more to come later).
As part of Chinese Language Week, in October, we spent a few weeks creating a massive version of the traditional craft of Chinese Block Printing/Paper Cutting. Selecting a lotus image (representing rebirth and creation) a scaled-up version was created using a photocopier, pencils, cardboard and what seemed like hours of cutting with a craft blade! The cut image then received four layers of paper mache to harden it up, finally painted and then displayed on our large windows.
Created quite a buzz and a lot of smiles.
International Youth Day is commemorated every year on the 12 August. This year’s event will be on the 10 August 2018 at the UN Gigiri Complex in Nairobi. UNDESA and UN Habitat encourage youth and young people, youth structures, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to come together and celebrate the role of “Safe Spaces for Youth” in their local communities. Many youth have innovative and creative ways to celebrate the day, but if you would like to explore some of our suggested ways to get involved, explore the UN-created toolkit for some great ideas!
We also have some posters available for use anywhere, so do drop us a contact form and we will send you those PDF's as soon as possible!
The mid-term break has passed by all too quickly, and now it is time to get the library in the mood for the winter months. Apart from using walls, windows, boxes and the usual signage stands, have you ever considered using the floor as well?
We have a carpeted floor, so velcro dots are a must to secure the images to the floor. They seem to work quite well, especially when the images are laminated. Making the letters as large as possible (35cm in this case) helps create a great impact.
The end of term has brought about another library week for us - this year's theme being 'Heroic Women'.
To help create a strong message for the school, the library has been decorated, with out main image being a dramatic and powerful woman in the library.
Created with waste paper, glue, paint and swathes of smart-fab, she has created quite a bit of buzz and comment.
We managed to finish our recycled books, 'library korowai' in time for Matariki, and it has caused a bit of a stir. It was a great collaborative activity, with he students proud of the 'feathers' they made to create this little art piece.
It was also a great way to repurpose those sad books that have been withdrawn - this way they live again!
World Refugee Day is nearly upon us (20 June) and sadly, there are more refugees in the world today than ever before. We've created a few posters to help publicise this special day, and hope it helps raise awareness of the plight of millions of people displaced around the globe.
If you need a resource to really spark conversation, Warsan Shire's poem 'Home' is a brilliant, shocking, sad and utterly memorable. Visit her online, or if you need a copy of the poem directly, please follow HERE
A rendition of the poem is also available on Youtube:
It is so much fun in the lead up to Matariki. We have a little desk display with a mini kahu huruhuru to inspire the students, as well as our interactive, 'join in' display going full steam ahead. I guess the next thing will be to assemble the cloak with the paper feathers. Should be a lot of fun!