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Sniffing Out the Crafters at Glastonbury 2011 – Green Crafts Village

23 Aug

Music, drinking, nudity, tents, hippies, druggies, oh, and arts and crafts.

Where did I encounter all of these wonderful things and more?…At the annual Glastonbury festival on Worthy Farm, Somerset.

The area that I just couldn’t help but explore was of course the Green Crafts Village in the heart of the festival. Full of woodcarvers, jewellery makers and sculptors who used clay or even mud as their material.

Glastonbury Green Crafts Village – clay

One of the many wood carving stalls was Spinney Hollow – even the name conjures up images of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales like The Tinder Box or The Wood Nymph.

However Spinney Hollow couldn’t be any further from sinister. Kate from SH would describe it as; “a sustainable, low impact woodland specialising in traditional craft courses and outdoor art events.”

Traditional is certainly a word I would use to describe the vast array of crafting stalls that are championing historic British crafting techniques. They all seemed to bring the crafts in to a modern setting with innovative combinations of old and modern methods. One example of this was the use of hammering tools against everyday utensils like forks and spoons to craft bracelets and necklaces.

Glastonbury forks and spoons jewellery craft

One stall that went even further was Miss Katie Cupcake who was bang on-trend with her kitsch meets heritage inspired jewellery. A favourite item of mine was in fact by a friend of Katie’s ‘Paul’ who creates show stopping headbands with bright red patent cherries as big as your fist.

Miss Katie Cupcake stall helper at Glastonbury 2011

Glastonbury is a festival that has changed dramatically over time, the very first festivals took place each summer from 1914 to 1925 in Somerset, simply a ‘series of cultural events’ that took place.

Glastonbury Green Crafts clay dinosaur

The seventies gave birth to the type of music festival that still exists today, however one distinct fact has changed – it is no longer a secret, and what once costed a pound is now closer to £200.

Despite all the changes, the fact remains that Glasto is a festival centred around community, good music, rock, pop, soul, funk, progressive, ambient, house, r&b, classical, acoustic and so many more. It’s all there to be enjoyed with a glass of country cider and your arm around a good friend – I’d recommend it to everyone.

Ella Darlington Glastonbury Helium Fields – Stone circle

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The eighties are back: In Ark Music Factory Teen pop stars

23 Apr

Debbie Gibson circa 1987 - Youtube screen shot

After the March 2011 release of ‘Friday‘ by Jessica Black, 13 (of  Ark Music Factory label) reached 1,000,000 views it seems Justin Bieber,17, has opened the flood gates for the cheesy pop sensations to enter the music arena in their droves…and I like it!

All this sexing up of teens and young people today is such a shame, the fact that you can buy bikini’s for your babies and Bratz dolls that look like they would probably walk the streets if they were real people is a little scary. What happened to plain old Polly Pocket, or Sylvanian families?

With these singles that have been released (primarily on Youtube) the message within is cute and harmless – it’s either ‘I have a crush on you’ or ‘I want to go to a party’ and ‘let’s take [this relationship] easy.’ Just like Abby Victor’s ‘Crush on you’  (also an Ark Music Factory kid at 13) – a simple song and melody about teenage angst. So a big thumbs up to the American little-uns promoting innocence and having fun while you’re young.

Abby Victor circa now - 80's-esque single cover

One artist taking things in to the 21st century however is 10-year-old fashionista/dancer/artist Willow Smith, who stormed the charts with ‘whip my hair’ back in October 2010. It’s a smart record that even has my friends and I (20-years+) turning it up full-volume in the car.

Smart role-model Willow Smith

It’s great that so many young people are given the platform to show other youngsters that life at that age is all about being good, having fun, developing crushes and most of all being yourself. If young people don’t have these stars to look to, they’ll take inspiration from artists such as Rhianna, Tinie Tempah and Katy Perry – who are certainly not targetted at their age range. So shine on kid stars!

P.s. Expect to see some 80’s inspired colour popping headbands on BellaBunting soon!

Debbie Gibson - Breakfast club flashbacks