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Last weekend, 17-year-old Hannah Barker (@nxtures) traveled from Essex to Margate, England, to attend Geek 2017 — a three-day gaming festival for all ages. For Hannah, a student and part-time Disney princess, work and play don’t look much different: “The cosplay masquerade was the highlight for me,” she says of the event, which housed retro games, virtual reality and more inside Dreamland, an amusement park that dates back to the 1800s. “I dressed up as Rapunzel. It’s the first costume I ever made myself. I’ve added lights and 1,000 rhinestones to the skirt by hand. Eventually, my dream is to design costumes for Disneyland.”
The Shell Grotto at Margate.In 1835 Mr James Newlove lowered his son Joshua into a hole in the ground that had appeared during the digging of a duck pond. Joshua emerged describing tunnels covered with shells. 70ft of winding underground passages leading to an oblong chamber, its walls decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells. Nobody can explain who built this amazing place, or why.
Yesterday saw the opening of the new Edmund de Waal installation, Atmosphere, at Turner Contemporary in Margate (top). The suspended vitrines are each filled with 20-30 glazed and unglazed porcelain vessels.
Yesterday was also our monthly Craft Club. The children made their own installation, inspired by de Waal’s Atmosphere. Instead of porcelain cylinders, we used cardboard cylinders. We wound white and cream yarn around them and assembled them to make our installation. Each child chose where to place their cylinder. Our installation consisted of 54 cylinders of different sizes.