Well-being through creative activity

Week 48: Pop ups shop and making stock.


This week all our groups made a big effort to produce stock to sell in the pop up shop. The shop is a collaboration between Space2Create, Creative Arts and South Lakeland Mind. The aims are to raise awareness of each organisation, raise funds and give purpose to the crafting and making of the groups. This will run till at least Christmas and maybe beyond.

The opening of the shop is at 11am on the 1st Of December upstairs in the Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal.

We are also starting to plan ahead for our open studio weekend with all the other artists at the Factory. On December 13th and 14th all the studios will be open with artists work on show and with the artists at work in their studios. Space2Create will be no different with us open and at work on creative activities.



Christmas was the order of the day. Everyone was very busy making items that we can sell alongside Creative Arts  and South Lakeland Mind in the Pop-Up Shop in the Westmorland Shopping Centre. The bauble making was very successful, using little silver balls, decorated with coloured wire, ribbon or paint. Others in the session made ingenious snowflakes from the hot glue gun, or printed cards and decorated stones. Come and see everything at the Pop-Up Shop (Grand Opening 11am on the 1st Decembe


Kentmere Ward

On the ward, we were again in festive mood, experimenting with decorations for Christmas-themed tags. We used basic thin tag shapes as templates, cut around them and then attached them to cards and papers of varying other colours and thicknesses, to make them more decorative and individual. We then used various art and recycled supplies together with stencilling to embellish the tags further. Seasonally enough, the odd decorated star even made an appearance, in what proved a very productive and enjoyable session.


Thursday Group

There was a mixed bag of activity with one person making handmade Christmas Cards, another sowing an installation and one person creating comic art. Most of the group were making bird feeders. They were threading peanuts onto wire, shaping them into different arrangements and then tidying up the ends with Rafia. They were also decorated with bows for the festive season These are intended for sale in the pop up shop in the Westmorland Shopping centre in collaboration with Creative Arts and South Lakeland Mind.



The group used a style from a piece of art work by JimDogArt. Using complicated tangles, blocks of colour and black outlines. The group drew in pencil thiier design, then painted them with acrylics in blocks of colour. Finally they started to outline the images in black pen but tried to add thickness and round corners off to give a feel of more depth to the image.

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