Daymakers: making, together

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Daymakers: making, together

Daymakers: making, together

Jo Bell By Jo Bell

Daymakers - pop-up craft and making sessions, in general or special-interest settings (hospices, parks, pubs and libraries). It's about wellbeing; togetherness; activism and JOY.

Prestbury Idea stage

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Through the pandemic many of us found our way back to MAKING. Simple physical crafts, slow and colourful, are a low-cost, high-return way to make people feel good. They are a (literally) crafty way to build strong community groups, to attract attention to a public event or campaign, to bring people in to a health centre or museum. Sessions are cheap, repeatable and joyful. They can be tailored to specific settings, for instance groups where English is not a shared language or where income and education are limited. Drop in sessions mean that no commitment is required - take part on impulse, do something for a half hour and move on with something you made. This means it's ideal for hospital lobbies, libraries, local celebrations. Origami or upcycling: make beermats to release into local pubs, or a blanket charting climate change. We will draw in people for a short, relaxing and productive spell of making. Daymakers: make your day.

What we'll deliver:

  • Twelve sessions of craft in Cheshire locations
  • A pleasurable, well written book showcasing the results
  • A small craft product for every backer - a postcard, a badge, a beermat
  • A pattern for each activity

Why it's a great idea:

Craft, like hiking, brings back the slow pleasures of togetherness, with a shared sense of purpose. But it has benefits far beyond a pleasant afternoon in good company. A pop-up craft workshop can be funny or insightful. A temperature blanket, growing by one row a day to show how the climate changes: a well dressing that slowly disappears. It brings together people with no shared language. It can have a social purpose - quilts for careleavers, or 'knitted knockers' for mastectomy patients, Everyone in a craft session is equal. If you don't speak English or can't see well - no matter. Craft transcends age, race and education. It has quantifiable benefits like those of meditation or exercise, in making us feel better. Plus, you get a hat, or a new hook for your keys, or a Christmas tree decoration. (See Betsan Corkhill, Knit for Health and Wellness, to get an insight into the reach of one craft). Daymakers - pop up craft sessions to make your day.

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Location Prestbury

About the space

Macclesfield and surroundings

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