Friday 9th October 2015

Russian painting is inspiration for project

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Paula & Piotr Pietrzak, co-founders of Passsoul Studio based in Newton-le-Willows were supported through our Prototype Projects strand Round 3 to create 22 Dragons – a series of upcycling furniture workshops designed specifically for a group of six visually impaired individuals from Newton-le-Willows.

Each participant has had the opportunity to learn and explore various furniture making techniques and they are currently finishing their upcycled piece of furniture.

Paula & Piotr tells a story about one participant called Phil:

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Phil (on the left) is interested in art and constantly asking questions about artists and their styles. One day, he brought a reproduction of painting depicting a field of poppies and he believed it was copy by Claude Monet. The picture was beautifully painted in the impressionist style and it seemed genuinely the work of Claude Monet. Phil loved it, so much that he wanted to somehow adorn it to the wooden chest that he was up cycling and it inspired him to create his own style for the the top of the chest.

It later turned out, that the poppy field painting wasn’t the work of the French master, but a painting by Russian artist, Olga Lysenko who currently lives in Manchester. The source of Phil’s inspiration was a contemporary artist living and working in the region. This simple mistake has energised and excited Phil so much that he wants to meet her. He talks about visiting her studio and inviting her to the final exhibition that will take place next month in St Helens Central Library. So this is our mission… to somehow persuade Olga to come to St Helens”.

The upcycled furniture produced by the Newton-le-Willows residents will be on display in Earlestown Market on Thursday 15th October, 12-5pm.

If you have an idea that you would like to discuss with us and/or you are thinking about submitting a Prototype Projects application click here

Prototype Projects: Round 3

Supporting artists from St Helens to develop projects

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