Christmas crafting is in full swing at our (work)shop Spacecraft… With the help of some excellent tuition from printmaking staff at West Notts College we’ve designed and produced some rather excellent linocut Christmas cards. they proved to be really popular on our stall at a recent craft fayre and were going like hot cakes! If you’re local (or even if you’re not!) why not pop in to Spacecraft and pick some up? Your family and friends will love you for it, and you may even see some other handmade crafts that will make perfect presents..!
We’ve held off for as long as possible, but we can’t contain ourselves any longer… Christmas really is coming! As you can see from the photos, the festive fun is in full swing at our Mansfield Woodhouse site as we start to deck the halls, trim the tree and turn Grove Street into our very own grotto. Seasonal shenanigans will continue for some time, especially as we are open for the Christmas period this year, so check back for more festive frolics whilst you warm your toes by the fire!
We are lucky to have a good relationship with the team at the New Art Exchange and for and we’ve
taken part in a couple of their Body As Canvas Workshops previously. The workshops are seasonal creative sessions for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Sessions are led by collaborators, experienced artists and support workers from LEVEL, a Matlock based arts space.
This workshop was based on the NAE’s current main gallery exhibition, Africa State of Mind, a group show featuring the works of African Photographers. The exhibition explores themes of identity and place, with images focusing on the urban environment in African countries and how a new generation of Africans are expressing themselves.
We do some great creative projects here at Space, and a recent one that caught our eye has been happening at our Pelham Road site. Using the style of artist Julian Opie as inspiration,
our folks have been creating their own portraits using Opie’s characteristic thick black outlines and solid colours. Space clients have been recognising the simplified facial features and characteristics and producing some fantastic work.
A group of Pelham Road clients have been getting crafty!
Led by an outside craft expert, Betty, clients have been creating origami flowers, with pipe cleaners used for stems.
As you can see, the final creations were bright and colourful! One client, Adrian, said it was great fun; he was really proud and pleased with his creation.
Out thanks to Betty for taking the session.
We’d like to thank our client, Stuart, who wrote this fabulous poem about why he likes attending our service.
Entitled simply ‘Space Inclusive’, it encompasses a lot of reasons why many of our clients enjoy attending Space Inclusive. Stuart is a client at our Mansfield Street site. Thanks also to our Support Worker, Kelly, who let us know about the poem in the first place!
Spacecraft is a new creative shop project by Space Inclusive based on Hucknall Road. We took the premises on earlier this year; it’s a five minute walk away from our Pelham Road site.
Stella Dowbenko, our Work Placement Coordinator, has overseen a huge amount of creative activity since then and we are at a point when we will be able to open the shop to the public.
Stella said “It’s been a really exciting project to work on – I’m massively proud of the results!”
The shop’s ethos is based on creativity and upcycling. Upcycling is all about transforming by-products, waste materials or unwanted items into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value, which is just as well because Space Inclusive has always been an environmentally friendly social enterprise!
Our clients from Pelham Road, Mansfield Street and Mansfield Woodhouse have all helped in creating products for the site, from cushions to plant pots.
Meanwhile, on the site of the shop, Stella has worked with clients doing different activities such as spray painting, sanding down furniture and decorating to make both the shop and its contents top notch.
We’re really proud of the clients who have worked so hard in making the dream of a shop, where they can create and sell products, into a reality. All the hard work is about to pay off as the shop opens its doors to the public from 9am on Monday 22 May. We’d love you to pop in!
A group of our Pelham Road clients have been busy in the past few weeks at a textile workshop on a Thursday.
In the first week, clients started to make pillowcases and bags – something they chose to do themselves. This helped show Karen, the tutor, what level of skill clients had.
In week two, clients started to create some owl pillows. They pinned the pattern they created to fabric and cut out the shapes. Some also helped using the sewing machine.
In the third and fourth weeks, clients made candles. They also learnt how to make bunting.
Skills gained from the workshop include, working as a team, social interaction with others and learning new skills such as using the sewing machine in the correct way. What’s more, fun was had by all!
At Mansfield Woodhouse our clients have been really hard at work creating some hand-crafted items that have been auctioned off. We raised a brilliant £105 on some handmade dog beds alone.
These beds will make wonderful and snug places for a pooch to pop themselves down on for Christmas Day!
Our clients made some other wonderful items such as cards and rustic door hangings – but it must be said that the dog beds were the real highlight!
The funds raised will go into helping out at our Mansfield Woodhouse site – for transport and resources – and will certainly come in handy.
Daisy, one of our Support Workers at Mansfield Woodhouse, said “It was a really great thing to do and we’re chuffed it raised so much”.
Thank you to everyone who bid. Whether you were successful or not we’re grateful you took the time to bid on the items we made.