Issue 29 Product Review 2011-11-16¢  Why not get involved... Get involved with the...

Issue 29 Product Review 2011-11-16¢  Why not get involved... Get involved with the Specialist Crafts
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  • Welcome to Artifacts! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer holiday holiday and are

    getting stuck into the new school year.

    Packed full of exciting new content, Artifacts has plenty of enjoyable projects and fun ideas to keep you creatively occupied throughout this term.

    We explore the beautiful work of inspirational artist Betty Eilat, as she shares her felting and jewellery making techniques with us.

    The Specialist Crafts Art Gallery is in full swing, so make sure you turn to the back page to view our selection of September Winners. The standard of work yet again has been amazing, and we encourage you to keep those entries coming in. Give your talented students the opportunity of being featured in the January issue of Artifacts, and win a voucher to spend at Specialist Crafts.

    Why not get involved... Get involved with the Specialist Crafts Workshops, and take new fun techniques back into the classroom. Discover what our workshop artists have been creating on page 2.

    We hope that you continue to enjoy reading Artifacts, and if there is anything you would like to see in future issues, please let us know.

    Happy reading...


    MAKE A DATE DEGAS AND THE BALLET : P ICTURING MOVEMENT This Autumn, the Royal Academy of Arts will stage a landmark exhibition focusing on the leader of the Impressionists Edgar Degas, and his preoccupation with movement as an artist of the dance. Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement will comprise around 85 paintings, sculptures, pastels, drawings and prints by Degas, as well as photographs by his contemporaries and examples of early film. The fascinating exhibition is a must -see for 2011!

    DATES & LOCATION 17th September - 11th December 2011 Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. W1J OBD. Tel: 0844 209 0051

    The Rehearsa l , 1874 Edgar Degas O i l o n canvas

    Describe the product? Thermoform is a mouldable sheet plastic which has scrim (woven fabric fibres) embedded within it to add stability. Once heated, Thermoform can be formed into shapes by hand or by using a former. The size of the sheet when delivered is 1.5 x 1 metre x 1.5mm thick. It is light grey in colour, matte on one side with a slight gloss on the reverse. Colour can be added to finished forms made with Thermoform, by using acrylic paints.

    What would you use this product for? This product would be fantastic in a D&T or Art environment, at the modelling stage of projects. As Thermoform is incredibly easy to handle, students could make prototype models of their designs and go even further to develop and refine them. Due to the ease of softening the material, work can be produced relatively quickly and students can realise their design idea, and promptly be able to see what works and what doesn’t. For small scale work, Thermoform has the potential to be used for final pieces, as a surface finish of acrylic paint can be applied.

    How do you use it? Thermoform is moulded using the application of heat, becoming flexible and malleable in 60-80°C water or by using a heating tool. Once heated, shapes can be formed by hand or using a former. It is easily cut using a pair of sharp scissors or a small blade. Pieces can be joined by pressing them together firmly once heated. Items made from Thermoform can be cooled quickly, and hardened using cold water. It helps to hold shapes in place while cooling.

    What do you like about the product? There are so many options when using Thermoform! The product allows you to experiment easily and quickly with various shapes. I’m very impressed with the rigidity of Thermoform once cooled, and as it is a thermoplastic, any mistakes can easily be undone by applying heat or hot water.

    Is the product suitable for all ages? Children should be supervised when using Thermoform due to the tools required for cutting, and the health and safety risks when heating. If younger children are using Thermoform, an adult should heat the material for them, ensuring it is a suitable temperature for handling.

    Would you use it again for future projects/ suitability for other projects? I would certainly use Thermoform again! I can think of many possibilities for its use, from my schools Key Stage 3 Architecture and Modelling project, to Key Stage 4 and 5 Product Design. Thermoform is an ideal material for prototyping design ideas.

    If you would like to experiment with Thermoform for yourself, see p398 of the 2011 catalogue.

    Claire Ree works as a Design & Technology teacher at Haverstock School Business & Enterprise College. We thought she would be the perfect candidate to review one of our new products, Thermoform. Take a read and discover how the product performed...

    How to submit your work: If you want the opportunity of seeing your work featured in our gallery in January 2012 then all entries must be submitted by 30th November 2011. Three winners will be chosen to feature in Artifacts and all entries can be viewed on our online gallery at or An additional winner will be chosen for the online gallery every May, September and January!

    Email all entries to along with the first name of the student, their age, title of work, the media used and the name of the school. Please specify if the student’s work is secondary or primary level. Work submitted must be supplied in a digital format at least 300 dpi in a JPEG, PDF or Tiff format. To see the terms and conditions please visit or The winners will be chosen by the Specialist Crafts Marketing Team.

    All artists featured in the Artifacts gallery and Specialist Crafts online gallery will be entered into the annual Catalogue Cover Competition. See page 2 for further information.

    Issue 29

    Art Craft Design Textiles Printing Graphics Photography Jewellery 3D Modelling Papers●● ●● ●● ● ●●Art Craft Design Textiles Printing Graphics Photography Jewellery 3D Modelling Papers●● ●● ●● ● ●●


    ART OF ENGLAND Introducing talented artist and

    rising star,

    Joanna Ladowska. See page 2

    Betty Eilat is a professional felt a rtist and

    maker of glass beads and jewelle ry. She has

    produced an exclusive feature fo r Artifacts,

    and shares her wonderful techni ques with us!

    See pages 3 & 4.


    D&T teacher Claire Ree review s one of our

    latest products, Thermoform.

    Read more on page 5.


    ART GALLERY Take a look at the latest selection

    of incredible

    students' artwork- can you see you rs?

    Turn to page 6 to find out!

    COVER COMPETITION Your artwork could feature on

    the 2012

    Specialist Crafts catalogue cov er!

    Find out how to enter on page 2.


    6 UK E-mail. Tel. 0116 269 7711 Fax. 0116 269 7722

    Ireland E-mail. Tel. 091 768 809 Fax. 091 768 8115

    Product Review Thermoform

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  • Art Craft Design Textiles Printing Graphics Photography Jewellery 3D Modelling Papers●● ●● ●● ● ●● Art Craft Design Textiles Printing Graphics Photography Jewellery 3D Modelling Papers●● ●● ●● ● ●●

    The technique used for my music project is the wet felting technique. This may be adopted to felt many projects, whether garments, upholstery or even fashion accessories including beautiful handbags, unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets and scarves. There is also the dry felting technique which involves special felting needles, but for now we'll concentrate on the wet felting process.

    The wool fibres are laid down on a waterproof working surface such as a plastic covered table, and wet with water that contains a little soap solution. Ideally, you will use olive oil-based soap that won't harm your skin.

    After wetting the fibres; little pressure is applied and massage, that will cause the fibres to entangle with each other. Now comes the process of shrinking.

    Imagine you have just finished washing your clothes, and your favourite sweater comes out from the laundry shrunk to half its size - as if it could fit a small child? That is the consequence of washing the wool with hot water. Shrinking is favourable in the process of felting. It brings the fibres much closer together, avoiding them breaking apart. The piece of felt that was massaged will now be washed in hot water, thrown onto the table a few times, washed in cold water and then shaped and air dried. The outcome is a strong and dense material.

    This process will lead to a miracle that happens - you create a wonderful piece of textile art without stitching, knitting or weaving!

    Curriculum Creative inspiration


    Feature on the cover of the 2012 catalogue

    Discover what our inspiring artists are creating…

    Art of England magazine is working in unison with Artifacts to provide art teachers with an insight into the contemporary artists and their work. In this article, Ben Kelly, Senior Lecturer and Tutor at the University of Wolverhampton, discusses the work of talented artist and rising star, Joanna Lado