with Lady Kitt and Bethany Stead
A socially engaged commission by
Thought Foundation, Birtley ,UK
as part of CRAFT,
Title: Burned Bright- shrine to endangered animals and
Date: Sat March 14th 2020
Times: 10:30- 15:45 drop in workshop
16:00- 16:30 ceremonial burning
Free workshop, as part of Though Foundation ‘Craft’ exhibition
Suitable for families, all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, 18+.
Join makers Lady Kitt and Bethany Stead for paper based crafting, followed by ceremonial burning of objects* made during the day.
Drop in anytime between 10.30am and 3:45pm to work alongside Beth and Kitt, creating a giant paper shrine. Suspended from the ceiling in the Thought Foundation gallery, the installation will grow throughout the day as each participant adds their work to it. Using kirigami and origami techniques plus sticking, weaving and tearing, we will create a collaborative art work representing endangered animals and disappearing natural environments. At 4pm, inspired by the Chinese Joss tradition of burning hand-made paper objects to honour spirits, we will ceremonially burn the sculpture* in the Thought Foundation garden, simultaneously honouring the animals and environments we have created during the day and highlighting current environmental disasters.
Creation of the shrine will be documented through photography and video and displayed on Lady Kitt's website.
*Participants who do not wish their work to be burned will be able to take objects home at the end of the day!
Lady Kitt is a socially engaged maker based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, working nationally and internationally. Kitt collaborates with groups and individuals, using ancient paper manipulation traditions of Kirigami and Origami to create contemporary participatory craft
events and installations.
Bethany Stead is an art maker based in Newcastle upon Tyne. . With collected research of personal histories, traditional craft and common folklore, she aims to address themes of class and gender especially in social and community settings. During 2019 she was one of 5 early career social practice artists to be part of professional development project "Socially Awkward" with The New BridgeProject, Newcastle.