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

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.


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