Creative Steps: Collective Craft Project #MHAW2020

Arts + Wellbeing

Over the last week, our Creative Steps participants have worked together to create a collective project from home to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week.

With the theme for this year being kindness, we had plenty of inspiration and ideas for how to interpret this as a craft project.

The campaign, led by the Mental Health Foundation, emphasises the importance of being kind to both yourself and others. They highlight the benefits of doing so and provide many suggestions for simple acts of kindness that can make a significant difference to our wellbeing.

You can read their guide on why kindness matters here.

Our aim was to create a collective project made up of individually designed rainbow themed tiles.

Rainbows are a great symbol of kindness, compassion and caring – there are many currently displayed in windows across the city to show solidarity. This theme also enabled us to be as open and creative as possible with the colour scheme.

Participants were invited to take part by submitting a photo of their tile design, detailed in their weekly Crafting Post Packs. We sent out instructions and templates to work from, but left the actual decorating open to any interpretation.

We were very impressed with the range of materials used and ideas  – everything from stitching, modelling clay and sequins to pencil, pens and glitter.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this crafting project. We hope that you enjoyed the challenge and like the final result as much as we do.

By Amy Errington

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