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Who joins the Craftspace Collective

Have you been following our blog and wondered who are the young people behind all our wonderful projects and events?

You might live in or near Birmingham and have been interested in joining but worried that you might not fit in. Or you may be interested in what impact the collective has on the lives of the young people who actively volunteer their time and help to form and shape the work that we do.

We welcome anyone aged between 16 and 25 who is interested in contemporary craft and is friendly, open, accepting and willing to work in a team to learn and share new skills.

Our members come from all walks of life, some are still in school, studying for their GCSE’s and A levels. Others are undergraduates who are following an academic or engineering route but still want to retain an element of creativity in their lives, or are studying art and want to deepen their understanding of subjects such as craftivism. We have young people who left school without many qualifications and want to build up their experience and gain new qualifications through the Arts Award.

I have just posted an article and two short films over on our sister blog Made in the Middle which illustrates one such journey. This is Vicky’s story one of the collective’s key members.

I do hope you enjoy this inspiring tale.

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We had a great meeting on Monday evening. We were joined by three new members Chandni, Felix and Ellie and welcomed back Charlene, one of our original members.

Eva Fryc, Development Manager for Live UnLtd came along to tell us about her organisation and how our members could get involved with them. Live UnLtd help and encourage young people to realise their ideas to become successful social entrepreneurs. They assist an average of 1000 social enterprises in the UK each year. Eva’s presentation truly captured everyone’s imagination and we all went away buzzing with the thought of all the possibilities that could happen. Luckily I had the foresight to film most of Eva’s talk. It is not the most professionally produced of films, but I dont think that is the point and it definitely does not distract from the message. Lets hope it spawns a multitude of young, socially engaged creative enterprises for Birmingham in the near future.

Time to Change, Young People’s Village, Cathedral Square, Colmore Row, Birmingham – 26 October 2012

The Craftspace Collective are going to be at the Time to Change event in Birmingham next week.

The Time to Change Village is a pop-up space where young people can learn the truth about mental health in a fun and interactive way. Young volunteers challenge stereotypes of mental illness by talking to other young people about their experiences of mental health problems. Collective members, with the aid of Viking Husquvarna Sewing Machines will be running a machine embroidery stand. They will be sharing their skills in this simple technique with other young people while asking them to respond to the question “How Do You Feel Today?”. The individuals will embroider their responses onto one long length of canvas, creating a continuous line of stitched drawings. This will also be part of the collective’s offer for this year’s Big Draw. Come along and see us!

Time to Change info here: http://www.facebook.com/timetochange and here  http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/birminghamvillage

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