From Vickie, our Youth Space volunteer

CIM Daniel

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Message in a Bottle

Well today we’re carrying on with our artistic experiments. Everyone is getting a go to improve their illustration skills with Nicholas. We’ll be creating more decal transfers for the ceramic art and getting our fingers dirty in some wet clay too.

Aside from that today we thought it would be nice for the participants to have a go at some Craftivism!

Much along the lines of ‘PostSecret‘, a few participants anonymously added a message about their thoughts on mental health/positive thinking/their own lives and positioned it somewhere around the custard factory area of Digbeth.

It’s a liberating feeling being able to speak to someone about your feelings. Maybe we’ll get some interesting responses…

If you find a message in a bottle or any other Craft In Mind craftivism art around Digbeth, let us know with a picture and a message to our twitter or facebook. Can’t wait!

And we’re off…!

Well, we had a great first day. A large attendance of young people and a genuine buzz of excitement from Craftspace staff, artist, volunteers and participants.

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Today was a day full of experimentation, working with clay, ceramic, carbon transfers, decals and a variety of illustration and sewing techniques.

We ‘tweeted‘, we ‘facebooked‘ and ‘blogged’ all the evidence, so please follow us and keep up to date with our progress.

How “Craft in Mind” was Born – Vicky’s Story

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The Craft in Mind project has been brought into being through the passion of one young person, Vicky.

Vicky first got involved with Craftspace in November 2011 when she took part in an action research project for their touring exhibition Made in the Middle.

Vicky learned about the project through The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme . At the time she wasn’t very interested in craft, in fact she was quoted saying “I thought craft was just for old people.” During the project Vicky, along with three other young people, got to work with three different professional craft maker, learning all about their practices. you can see how she got on in the film below.

Vicky stuck with Craftspace, joining their ongoing youth project The Craftspace Collective. Through the collective she worked with many more artists, learned how to devise and deliver creative participatory workshops and became interested in Craftivism. During this time Vicky blossomed, she volunteered to part of  The Big Lottery Fund youth panel and became a volunteer with Youthspace, who she is now employed by as an apprentice.

Hear her story in her own words in the film below.

Vicky told the rest of the Collective members about the Time to Change campaign and how she wanted to do a craftivist workshop when their pop up village event visited Birmingham. We devised a machine embroidery workshop inviting people stitch their response to the question “How do you Feel?”. This was so rewarding Vicky, Craftspace and Youthspace put their heads together and Craft in Mind was born.