Woven Lives - Upcycled Art Exhibition
Watford Women's Centre celebrated the end of HAFLS Community Learning Mental Health Project in August by curating a very successful upcycled Art Exhibition at Wellspring Church.
The exhibition brought together the work of over 80 Learners who took part in the research project and produced a range of upcycled art pieces, including; weaving, paper upcycling, bookbinding and eco printing.
The Project, which ran from Nov 2016 to July 2017, was supported by a range of local partners who all had an interest in promoting the wellbeing agenda, and supported the project by hosting classes and recruiting participants in over six community venues. Partners included: Peace Hospice Care, Laurance Haines School, New Hope Trust, Watford Museum and St Mary's Watford.
With committed and talented art tutors supporting them, learners produced some fantastic work, increased their social networks and gained the confidence and motivation to progress to other learning and work opportunities, including a very well attended self-sustaining weaving group meeting weekly at The Range in Watford.
The event was a fantastic success – further enforced by some amazing and inspiring quotes from participants:
“A loom saved my life once - maybe this was another chance for arts and craft to help me.”
"I was anxious about joining the course as I didn’t really know what to expect, but knew I needed to do something to help myself.”
“My mood and general feelings of wellbeing have improved greatly, I can take myself to a relaxed state of mind and let go of things I can’t change.”
“I am learning to feel proud of the things I created”
“The Upcycling course was a definite turning point for me. It was the first time that I had met others who had been through the same experiences and who understood exactly how I felt.”
“What changed most for me was my attitude to dealing with stress and understanding how to keep my mind occupied in a positive way. The course has helped me to regain more confidence and open the creative side of me.”
If you’re inspired by the courage and determination of these learners, then talk to HAFLS or Watford Women's Centre about the vast range of courses and start your own inspiring learner journey.
Credit: Watford Women's Centre.