Published on December 4th, 2017 | by Deirdre Figueiredo



A celebration of craft skills

Friday 8th December, 2-4pm at Soho House Museum

Free – all welcome.

Soho Avenue, Off Soho Road, Handsworth B18 5LB. Tel: 0121 348 8150

Maker Centric is a project researching the craft activity that people in and around Handsworth do for leisure or work, and the skills they have. Creative community volunteers have been going out to different places from shopping centres to coffee mornings to meet people such as Professor Black who has been making carnival costumes for 34 years, a retired Blacksmith who made the ornamental gates for Kensington Palace, a woman who learnt dress making when a tailor and was brought over to Birmingham from India for 8 weeks to make garments for her sister’s wedding, and a man who has been crocheting blankets for 30 years having learnt the skill from colleagues at work.

We believe that craft making is good for health and wellbeing and helps to maintain social connections between people in communities. These skills are a community asset and do a lot of social good. Research suggests that they could be activated in a more collective and joined up way for local benefit. We have met people who want to learn a new craft or exchange skills, groups who are looking for spaces in which to make and people renovating spaces looking to start new craft initiatives.

The findings from the research are being visualised into an artwork by a craft group based at Soho House Museum. The event on Friday 8th December being organised by Craftspace will show the artwork in progress and celebrate some of the craft skills we’ve found. People will also demonstrate and share skills including carnival costume, peg loom weaving, felting, print making and knitting.

We invite people to come along and show or tell us what they make for leisure or work and the craft skills they have.

For more information contact Craftspace on 0121 608 6668

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