Yesterday I found myself putting up the Space2Create Christmas log tree! If you look at the high street this is not unusual. With exactly one week to go before an open weekend at The Factory we are in a bit of a panic as we swap the bare walls of the Transformations Project for a new mixed open exhibition. I haven’t even thought of a title for it yet!
Talking of Transformations, WOW! We had a fantastic night on Tuesday at the ending of the auction. We managed to sell nearly all the pictures and now just have two left! It was a great evening. Ann Wilson the poet compared brilliantly and had the audience laughing. Raffles, poetry, more raffles and more poetry. It was all great. Big thank you to our poem readers Clare, Maggie, Dana and John. At the moment we reckon to have raised around £1700 from the project.
We had an incident this week which very much reinforced to me what it is that makes S2C a place where people come. The sessions are such a refuge and boost to people really struggling with life. it feels safe and welcoming as well as maintaining a positive and supportive atmosphere. Given the people we work with it is inevitable that from time to time individuals can’t cope and all sorts of stuff comes out. Sometimes when that happens it can really badly effect the group as a whole and individuals within. The ability to recover that positive vibe and for the people there to rally round and support the individuals in crisis is a strength. There is nothing new to the group. Most have seen it, been there and had the awful experiences and know what it’s like. Empathy is a great healing tool and the positive support mutually given is invaluable.
This week at S2C
A mixed bag today. Some beautiful handmade gift tags, great collages and leaf drawing, some badge making, Christmas decorations and we put the log Christmas tree up ready to decorate.
A very busy session today, where most of the participants worked on making handmade gift tags. These were embellished in individual ways to create unique pieces of art. Others in the group sewed or created beautiful copper leaves, whilst one kind volunteer sorted out a very tangled ribbon box. (You can tell it’s getting near Christmas!)
With the Kentmere group today we “aged”card by dabbing with used tea bags to create rustic looking tags ,which we then embellished with dried citrus ,bay leaves and other natural objects. These were printed on , or further decorated with washi tape. We also strung cranberries , beads , cinnamon sticks and dried apple slices to make vibrant sensory decorations.
The room was fragrant and participants really enjoyed themselves.
Transformations Final Day Auction
It was a brilliant night at the Town Hall Tuesday night for the end of Transformations. Ann Wilson was an amazing host keeping everyone entertained. Thank you to Ann, Clare, Dana, John and Maggie for their great reading of poems. At the end there was lots of bidding and along with donations and raffles we look to have made a fair bit of money for S2C. Off go do some counfing. Will let you know how much we raised soon.