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.
Craft in Mind – a creative brief for young people aged 16 – 19
Are you aged between 15 to 19? Live in Birmingham? Interested in gaining experience of working in the creative industries? Want to gain a recognised qualification?
Craftspace, in partnership with The Princes Trust and Youthspace, are currently recruiting. We need 10 young people aged 15 to 19 to work alongside a team of creative professionals to develop a Craftivist / guerrilla craft toolkit which enables conversations about mental health and well-being.
Working with a professional team of artists, makers and illustrators you will have the opportunity to learn hands on, about cutting edge contemporary craft and design practices, illustration and social media marketing.
Over the course of 10 half day sessions your role will be learn new techniques and skills to create artwork with a social message about mental health and well-being, in a style that young people can relate to. Through your artwork you will assist the professional team to develop a workshop/toolkit, which you will have an opportunity to pilot to your peers.
You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in a social media marketing campaign aimed at getting our message out to the world and publicise our launch event in Birmingham City Centre.
The project will take place on Thursday and Friday afternoons at the Custard Factory between April 18th and May 18th. Opportunities to pilot the toolkit will take place in June and July.
You will also have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications through the Arts Awards (level bronze or silver)
All travel expenses will be covered (day saver bus ticket) and refreshments will be available at each session.
For more information please contact Deirdre Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0121 6086668
This project is funded by Birmingham City Council’s Next Generation Cultural Commissioning service.
Hello – this blog is very much unfinished at the moment. we are busy uploading information as it is ready. the real work will begin in earnest in early April when the young people truly take ownership and change everything. Up until then I will try and keep updating the blog with new developments.