Over the last few months I have been running Craftivist workshops all over Loughborough and the surrounding area, with Jemma Bagely from Charnwood Arts, for The Craftivists Garden. The project is a collaboration between The Craftivist Collective, Falmouth University, Voluntary Arts and Arts for Health in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The aim of the Craftivist Garden project (which has been taking place all over the UK) is to encourage people to engage with craft as a tool to think about wellbeing and the connections between making and flourishing, both as an individual and in society. The project draws on the World Health Organisations definition of wellbeing as the ability to:
• Realise our potential
• Coping with daily stress
• Contributing productively to society.
Participants on workshops have all been asked to complete a questionnaire based upon the above information about the connection between crfating and wellbeing.
All the flowers made for the project will travel to London for the exhibition at Toynbee Hall on the 27th January 2015. The reflections on the 5 questions will be collated and presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts and Health, providing evidence of the power craft has to improve our society. At the event at the Toynbee Hall on the 27th January there will be addresses from speakers which currently includes John McMahon from the Craft Council, Sarah Corbett of the Craftivists Collective and Jayne Howard of Arts for Health Cornwall.
Seven groups made flowers for the project cordinatied by Charnwood Arts in Leicestershire, Charnwood Arts Big Knitting Group, Charnwood Arts RawArt group, Charnwood Arts library craft group, Charnwood Tatters, Little Bird SOS well being groups, The Kushi group and the Elders group from the Peepul Centre Leicester. Loughborough University students and LUArts were also involved as I ran a workshop at one of LUArts Happy Mondays events.
For more images of the flowers produced follow the link below
A huge thank you to all the participants and everyone who has been involved.