Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Last Term in the Studio

Last term seemed to go by in a blink.  There was lots's of wonderful creativity, some with a festive theme.
One of our participants became facilitator and showed us how to fold old, destined for landfill, books into hedgehogs, perfect for holding your letters and cards...
And this led on to book folded christmas trees finished off with tiny pompoms made with forks...
In December we had a visiting artist, Bridget McVey, a talented ceramicist and teacher.  Bridget guided us through the process of working with clay.
Choosing shapes and cutting clay from the block with a cheese wire...

Ornaments and gifts for christmas in the making...
This is bigger than it looks...
Snowflake coasters and ceramic bunting pennants...
Making giant buttons...
We also took part in the Craftist Wellmaking Garden project...
Made christmas tree hangings from recycled textiles...
And crochet bowls from t-shirt fabric that had been chucked out by a local factory...
We like to put cotton into ours...
We made these wreaths from ivy foraged from the beautiful Belgrave Hall gardens.  The head gardener was rather pleased we were helping him to keep the ivy in check...

On the last session of the year, we got on with unfinished projects whilst munching on lovely food we all bought in to share.  We were bathed in beautiful sunrays...

We made lots of beautiful things and, at our Open Studio event, sold some of the items we had made.  It was really great to have the support of our 'Crafting for Health and Wellbeing' participants at the Open Studio who were involved in helping out with setting up, helping with a drop-in workshop and helping out in the gallery space.  Hopefully there will be lots more opportunities for volunteers in 2015. 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Preparations for a Celebratory Event

After a busy and sucessful open studio, we are now busily preparing for the celebratory event for the end of our 'Knitting Communities Together' project. This project involved us teaching staff, who support adults with learning disabilities, how to knit, crochet and weave.


These new skills were then used to enhance the workplace environment and to create sensory experiences, including a 10 foot long sensory wall/blanket.


Another part of this project looked at the benefits of interacting with the local community. A number of items such as a bunting and blankets have been made and will be distributed to local community groups.

Our thanks go out to our Knit2gether Birstall/Belgrave group and the Knitting Guerillas of Blighty who helped us make the sensory wall/blanket, Leanne Robinson, Service Development Coordinator, staff and service users who benefited from participation and the Leicester City Council Charnwood Community ward who funded this project.

Photography (c) Jacqui Booth