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Past Bedford Event: VOL 2

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HOWL, Poetry, Politics and Protest

BY ALEX LEVENE
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Alex Levene spits out impassioned spoken word in support of poetry, politics and protest.

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Oxjam Bedford: Working Locally, Impacting Globally

BY JOHN FARROW
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

John Farrow tells the story of Oxjam Bedford, a movement that works locally but has global reach. The team of volunteers brings many events to Bedford, the highlight being a local music festival, whilst raising money for Oxfam. 

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Think You Know Needlework?

BY JAMIE CHALMERS
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Jamie Chalmers, AKA Mr X Stitch, the kingpin of contemporary needlework, provides an empassioned case for cross stitch flanked by some extraordinary examples of the best needlework he could find.

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Slumming It

BY JON WEST
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Jon West lovingly tells us the anecdotal account of his travels to India, which were meant to last one month but turned into six because of the people he met and fell in love with. He praises Project Why in New Delhi, an NPO which provides education for families from the slums, and which introduced him to a cause to dedicate his life to.

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Is Self Portrait Relevant?

BY MIMI WILSON
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Mimi Wilson takes us on a journey from pulp family portraits to self portraits via the selfie. She found that self portraits could help one rediscover one's identity, especially when years after being "Mom" tends to take precedent over individuality.

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Flotsam Weaving

BY JO ATHERTON
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Artist Jo Atherton weaves artwork from flotsam found washed up on beaches. Their cheerful familiar forms belie a shocking truth: we get older but plastic remains.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 21, 2014.

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My Life in Drawing

BY JAKE LOCKETT
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Talented illustrator Jake Lockett takes us through his life in drawing through a chronological romp through his stetch books, from year 2 to year 24. See some of the incredible sketches Jake has done throughout the years and how far he has come since his toddler days. 

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I Believe I Can Fly

BY JAMES PHARAOH
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

James Pharaoh tells us about the joys of real flight and flight simulation and being inspired by the loss of a loved one.

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How To Start a Business on a Shoestring

BY LOUISA BLACKMORE
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Louisa Blackmore tells us her journey from lawyer to interior design with lots of practical tips along the way.

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Melodius Warbler - A Paean to Hobbies

BY JO FLANNERY
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Jo Flannery speaks passionately about the importance of hobbies- the things we make are instilled with love and have value far beyond a price tag.

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From the Sonoran Desert to Bedford

BY KATRINA HASSAN
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Katrina Hassan tells her story of moving to Bedford from the Sonoran Desert. Expect tales of monsoon deserts, punk grandmothers, marriage, upcycling, textiles, giant pinatas, rubbish jobs, excellent baking, a cute garden and a rocking baby.

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Who before What, Identity before Purpose

BY BEN HODSON
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Ben Hodson asks us to focus on our identity over other definitions. Be defined by who you are not what you do and your work will flow from that.

 

Jamie Chalmers
Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery, MrXStitch in Bedford
Jake Lockett
Graphic Designer, Eat With Your Eyes in Bedford
John Farrow
Project Manager, Oxjam - Oxfam in Bedford
Sarah Dunn
Vintage Hairstylist and Make-up Artist, Self-employed in Bedford
Jo Flannery
Maker, School of Craft in Bedford
Ben Hodson
Artist & Creative Director, http://www.atpmedia.org in Luton
Katrina Hassan
artist-baker in Bedford
Jo Atherton
Artist , Self Employed in Harrold
James Pharaoh
Theatre Manager, Bedford School in Bedford
Louisa Blackmore
Founder, West Egg Limited in Blunham
Alex Levene
Theatre Arts Manager, Self in Bedford
Jon West
Small man in a big world in Bedford
Mimi Wilson
Artist in Croxley Green