Creative blacksmithing project entices Woodfordians

By Connie Savage

Woodford Folk Festival attendees are re-imagining the possibilities of what they can build out of everyday junk.

Paradijsvogelstraat (Bird of Paradise Street) uses the tools of blacksmithing, sculpture, recycling, gardening and building to encourage patrons to transform the spaces around them.

Hosted by Dutch/Australian collective Pitisi Hatcher, Thijs Koster and Steven Schreuder, the trio encourage festival-goers to work on their own creative and technical project.

From learning the art of blacksmithing to participating in open workshops, there is something for all ages.

Some popular creations include the building of playground features, furniture, pot plants and watering systems.

After almost a week of communal construction, the space will become an outdoor gallery ready to be explored and interacted with.

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