A COURSE IN MAKING LIGHT-UP LANTERNS AND HERB BURNERS, MASKS AND EFFIGIES
19 September, 26 September, 3 October, 10 October, 17 October
During SPILL Festival this year we will present the Pyre Parade on Saturday 3 November – a large-scale free community event inviting people to share and burn bad news. We will walk through the streets, from the Waterfront to Christchurch Park, wearing masks and burning herbs, before burning bad news inside a large sculpted icon.
In advance, come along to these Parade Skills sessions led by Kirsty Thorpe and Robert Pacitti and make your own lanterns and masks for use at the Pyre Parade. Participants will learn lantern-making techniques and how to create herb-burning structures for use in after-dark outdoor events. We will also make masks to wear and effigies to carry.
These sessions are for everyone and no previous experience is required. All materials will be provided and over the 4 weeks you will make a lantern, a mask or effigy, and a herb-burner (note herb-burners are for adults only).
Suitable for anyone aged 12+ with an interest in art + craft, mass participation, masks + effigies, local customs, world traditions, personal power, the use of herbs, or masquerade.
An experiential artist who is proud to be born and bred in Ipswich, with over 10 years of experience in engaging minority and hard to reach groups of people from her local community. As a theatre maker she specialises in creating Multi- Sensory theatre for disabled audiences, telling big, fresh and contemporary stories that connect with all the senses and promote the idea that the arts is for everybody. Stylistically her work strives to be bold, relevant, messy and political,with an ethos to inspire, empower and celebrate difference.