You know when you start a project and it seems just crazy, near impossible? And then all of a sudden its done and there are tears in your eyes because you the work you see is just beyond your wildest expectations and you feel proud and happy? Well that. Just that.
I started teaching a group of volunteers back in January, they had a wide range of previous experiences and many of them had never held a crochet hook before. We had to teach them with a yarn that was not ideal for learning with in any sense*, the project went through a series of set backs and changed course a little because of it. But we achieved the aim which was to highlight how common mental illness is and encourage people to look after their mental wellbeing. New friendships have formed and everyone has learnt so much from one another.
Our original inspiration was the paper cutting artists Rob Ryan and Pablo Lehman and it is amazing how many people have spotted the influence in our work.
Here is a little montage of some of the pieces and the crafters behind them.
I hope you will be able to come and see the work in person at one of the venues listed below. Once we have done the full tour I will post full pics of each panel but it would be nice to keep some surprises for visitors.
14th June Covent Garden Street Party, Cambridge.
12-13th July Unwind, Brighton (pending confirmation)
26-27th July Fibres East, Bedford
After the tour ends Sarah will display as many as she can at the Sheep Shop before they go to their final home. We are still looking for a final home for them but we are talking to mental health care providers as we’d love it to end up on a ward or waiting room wall to inspire and uplift.
I would like to thank our wonderful sponsors Cambridge County Council Community Learning, Beats Learning, Deramores and King Cole. Without you it would not have been possible.
* if you want to know what makes a good yarn for learning then read this post