Crafting Communities

Making Connections through Craft in the Community

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts Service are delighted to have received National Lottery funding through Arts Council England to deliver ‘Crafting Communities’ over the Autumn to help bring communities together, tackle loneliness and craft new connections between libraries and communities.

Starting in September 2021, Artist Makers are taking up residence in Staffordshire Libraries to form creative hubs where everyone is welcome to get together, get creative, make things, have a chat and connect with others in a safe, sociable and open space.

More details about each residency will be posted here as the project commences.

Meet the Artists

Jennifer Collier
Blythe Bridge Community Managed Library

Jennifer creates sculptures from vintage recycled materials with stitch; giving a contemporary twist on traditional textiles & using papers as inspiration & media for her work. Jennifer will be working at the Blythe Bridge Library & Community Centre, where she will be encouraging participants to experiment with simple making techniques using found and recycled papers to tell a story. Sessions will be suitable for all abilities where everyone can have a go and enjoy the experience of sharing ideas and making together.

With a practice rooted in books and paper I am excited to start working within the beautiful, bright space at Blythe Bridge Library, to explore its archives, and share the stories of the community groups I will be working with.

If you would like to find out how take part – click here for more information:

Blythe Bridge Crafting Communities – Take Part

Joanna Dawidowska
Barton Under Needwood Community Managed Library

Joanna is a ceramic artist & freelance Community Learning practitioner delivering workshops to adults of different ages, backgrounds & abilities. Joanna has a strong passion for work that connects community & art that represents stories & emotions.

Joanna’s aim is for participants to feel at ease by taking part, using clay to express feelings of their own identity and sense of place while opening up a chance for creative conversation. Some of the techniques to explore will be creating drawings, paper templates, forming clay, using slip decoration, glaze & paint and creating with wire. Everyone is welcome to take part & Joanna will adapt techniques to suit individual needs or abilities.

I feel absolutely honoured to be chosen as one of the artists for the Crafting Communities project. There is so much inspiration in Barton-under-Needwood and I can’t wait to get to know the community, their stories and heritage. To then share my passion for clay, wellbeing and everything creative.

If you would like to find out how take part – click here for more information:

Barton under Needwood Crafting Communities – Take Part

Ruth Allen
Rugeley Library

Ruth is an Illustrator/maker based in Stafford, her work is inspired by architecture and mid-century design. Drawing is Ruth’s main passion and forms a thread between all her roles as an artist. Ruth has lots of experience providing workshops for all ages and abilities and is keen to work with participants, exploring people’s community, personal heritage and lived experiences and creating a sense of support and encouragement for each other. By taking part, participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of new techniques which can be worked on as an individual piece but also as a collaboration bringing the community together.

I am really looking forward to working on this project. Encouraging the local community back into their Library through discovering new craft activities, sharing ideas and instilling confidence whilst making new work.

If you would like to find out how take part – click here for more information:

Rugeley Crafting Communities – Take Part

Juneau Projects
Perton Library

Artists Phil Duckworth & Ben Sadler at Juneau Projects work across a broad range of media including sculpture, animation, performance, music & publications. They take inspiration from traditional art and craft processes such as printmaking, pottery and bronze casting as well as technological processes such as laser cutting and digital design.

Ben & Phil like to explore the creativity and surprises that arise when people collaborate to make things. They will deliver a programme of experimental activity where people of all levels of experience and ability are welcome to take part and try new techniques, focusing on Risograph printing, a kind of automated print making machine. Participants will be able to create print multiples to use as cards, calendars, notebooks and artworks.

We’re looking forward to working with people in the Perton area and welcoming people to the library to take part in creative activities. We’re keen to work with people who might not consider themselves creative as well as those who already have creative interests.

If you would like to find out how take part – click here for more information:

Perton Crafting Communities – Take Part

Cultural & Community Partners

We are working closely with our partners to deliver this project. Thanks to:

Blythe BridgeBlythe Centre Care & Fun Club
Rugeley Rugeley Community Church, Western Springs Family Centre
PertonFriends of Perton Library, Compton Care
BartonBarton Neighbourhood Volunteers, Starfish Health & Wellbeing, Burton Albion Community Trust, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Creative PartnersCreative Health CIC & Unit Twelve Gallery

With special thanks to National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.

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