Free textile skills project for Lewisham Residents
Make Mee Studio are looking for organisations/schools/places of residence who want to be hubs for their Patched Together project.
Participants will receive bundles of creative equipment and materials, learn exciting textile skills and contribute to a collaborative artwork from their homes. Over the course of the project participants will be provided with 6 creative textile kits, one every 2 weeks for 12 weeks.
Who Can Join?
The project is open to all Lewisham residents with priority given to those who are shielding, isolated or on low income. Entries can be by individuals or families. Participants do not need internet access or prior experience, all ages 6+ welcome to join in.
What Will They Be Doing?
- Each kit will focus on a different textiles technique that will be useful for upcycling or reinventing clothes / homewares. eg, printing, weaving, embroidery. The packs will contain easy to follow, written and pictorial instructions as well any necessary equipment and materials, which they can keep to use in the future.
- A special patch of fabric will be included with each pack that they will be encouraged to decorate with the technique of the week and then return to us for the collaborative patchwork.
- We will pick up the previous patch when we drop off the next set of kits. We will then collate patches together into patchwork artworks which will be displayed at the end in spaces local to those who have contributed.
- We will also encourage those partaking in the activities to send messages for their fellow makers which we can deliver with the following weeks’ creative kits to foster a sense of community and collaboration even though we can’t be together working.
- If some makers are interested / have access to the internet we would also like to run some online social sessions and tutorials.
Why Do We Want You As A Hub?
You already have a ready made community and we’d love your help in pinpointing harder to reach individuals who will get a lot out of this project, those who have been stuck inside, who don’t have money to pay for materials, who have recently lost employment or might struggle with mental health issues.
We don’t think money or accessibility should be a barrier to the arts, we are passionate about giving as many people as we can the chance to unlock their creative potential and experience the positive impact making can have on mental wellbeing. Learning new craft techniques can help build confidence, self esteem, give the maker time to contemplate and can also be a great distraction from other stresses.
We want to have a range of hubs across Lewisham from schools to assisted living spaces and community groups making it a rich and intergenerational project, fostering a sense of community at a time when more and more people are feeling disconnected.
What Does Being A Hub Entail?
- As a hub you will be a base where we can drop off and collect the materials from (In a Covid 19 secure way) and participants can do the same.
- We will provide you with a box they can drop them off into. We only ask you to keep note of who has collected their kits and let us know so we can contact those who haven’t.
- If you have participants you think would like to join but need items delivered/picked up from them please let us know and we can work together to arrange this.
- We will provide you with advertising materials which we would love for you to share with your residents /service users / students, and encourage them to join in!
- We will provide you with posters, letters, emails, a sign up sheet/online form, everything you need if you are interested in becoming a hub.
- We have funding for approximately 75 participants to join the project, if interest is high we may need to limit the numbers from each hub.
If you’d like to be a part of the project or you’d like more information just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jaime 07972881688.