Check out some of our favourite Craftimation projects that are burning up the creative universe!
The Refugee Buddy Project launched Stitch For Change in 2019. During 2020's pandemic, 70 people met regularly online to share their experiences and find a collective voice. Through connection via Zoom and by sharing creative skills, participants were able to support themselves and each other through what was otherwise an incredibly challenging period.
Project participants told their stories of life during the pandemic through the stitching of handmade patchwork squares, revealing tales of isolation, togetherness and hope. 95 patches were made in total; these were sewn together into four quilts that were displayed in an exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion.
Watch a film about the project here:
Stitch For Change has carried on its work and completed two other projects that have been exhibited at Hastings Museum & Gallery and Electro Studios. Each time the project focuses on using stitching and connection to support refugees and their allies. We have had the great privilege to be part of these projects by providing facilitation of the making sessions, supporting project management, and assisting with the exhibition of work.
This is a project about Moving. Humans have always moved, explored and investigated all the corners of planet earth. They have done this to improve their circumstances, to move to safety, and in some instances simply because they were curious about what they might find.
This project contains stories from children who have moved around our planet; from Afghanistan and Ukraine, but also simply from one part of the UK to the other.
It is thought that humans started moving out of Africa between 60,000 and 80,000 years ago, and this was likely due to climate change. Humans have always moved.
With children from The Mill Primary Academy and Seymour Primary Academy, in collaboration with artist Ed Boxall who helped us produce the book 'The White Bird' highlighting what we achieved.
As part of the Arts Council funded Frames of Mind project, a 'crazy living room' installation was created at Towner Gallery to explain the experience of life with a mental health condition. The installation used UV elements that were hidden under normal light conditions and only revealed to audiences when explored with a UV torch; reflecting the fact that so much of mental health is hidden due to the stigma that surrounds it.
The exhibition also featured puppets and animated work made at mental health hubs in the South East as part of a six month project that explored how creativity can promote wellbeing.
Watch more of the activity during the exhibition at this link:
Watch a documentary about the project at this link: