Craft in Mind day 1 & 2


As if The Comic – project documentation wasn’t enough, we thought we would spoil you by giving you a video too.

in this first episode you will see us experimenting with clay, tile decals, and getting to grips with illustrations.

for day two you will also see us running around the Custard Factory site installing our first mini protest banners care of the Craftivist Collective and depositing our Messages in Bottles.

Between the comic and these short films you will truly get a feel of what it is like to be in one of our workshop sessions and an understanding of what we are trying to do.

The first episodes are just about us getting to know each other and understanding what Craftivism is all about.

As the Project continues we will be tackling Issues about Youth Mental Health and the projects aims and objectives will begin to tie together.

We hope you enjoy the movie. Please do leave a comment.


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.