Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Wellmaking Craftivist Garden

We have just taken part in this collaborative project with Community Arts Officer, Jemma Bagley, and Sarah Green aka Super Crochet Girl from Charnwood Arts.  The project has been created by  Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist CollectiveThe #wellMAKING Craftivist Garden project is being run in partnership with Falmouth University, Voluntary Arts and Arts for Health Cornwall & Isles of Scilly supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The project aims to go beyond seeing craft as a relaxing tool but seeing as a way to also help us connect and challenge and help us grow and flourish in our lives in different ways.  Groups and organisations across the UK have been invited to knit, crochet or hand embroider a flower for the Wellmaking Craftivist Garden whilst, at the same time, reflecting on the importance of wellbeing.

Reflections of the importance of wellbeing are captured in a questionnaire or via the #craftivist app and the results will be presented to the All Parliamentary Group on Arts and Health in January 2015 which will provide evidence of the power that craft has to improve our wellbeing and society as a whole.

Our Crafting for Health and Wellbeing Group participated in this project, last week, creating some really cute flowers for the craftivist garden.  The patterns, provided, were very easy to follow and we had a few people new to crochet, create a flower in no time at all...

Flowers made for this project will go into to display in London and participants will have the opportunity to join in the Garden  Party in January when it is confirmed.

Contributions from our Crafting for Health and Wellbeing Groups
There is more information on the Craftivist Collective website. If you would like to have a go at making your own flower for the Craftivist Garden, including information on how you can facilitate your own group session go to the Craftitivist Collective website.  All flowers need to be submitted to the collective by mid Dec 2014.


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Poppies for Remembrance

Since the beginning of September, the Crafting for Health and Wellbeing group have been making poppies to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  A fundraising manager, from the Royal British Legion, came to visit us and told us all about how the funds raised would be spent and left us a collection tin.
We made our poppies in three different ways - from newspaper...

 From fabric...

 And a few were knitted and crocheted...

We left our poppies with the staff, who kindly offered to help with our fundraising, at Belgrave Hall, around the corner from our studio, when they were open for the 'Heritage Open weekend'.  We invited visitors to take a poppy in return for a donation to the appeal.  We also left them out in reception at Cross Corners Community Arts Centre where our group is based.  

The poppy making effect rippled out beyond our group with participants and volunteers taking our templates to other groups they support, inspiring more poppy making and fundraising.  The donation tin feels rather heavy.  I estimate that we have, at least, £50, if not more, towards the Poppy Appeal. 

It's really good for the wellbeing of all of us to be creative, connect with others, and give to others, which all contributes to the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'.  


UPDATE: We raised £81.87 from donations for the poppies we made!