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Join us for our summer spectacular! We're bringing rural idyll to Hackney with an evening of crafty activities that celebrate the great British summer fair. As well as the usual workshops and music we are delighted to be joined by very special guests The Craftivisits who will be inviting you to join in their new campaign #wellmaking. Oh and in very exciting news we also finally have food!!!!
#wellmaking : The Craftivists
There's a lot of be said about the benefits of crafts. Many people say that making things with your hands is good for you, but is there actually any evidence? The answer? Yes! The Craftivists new campaign #wellmaking is all about promoting health and wellbeing through crafts and they are encouraging people to knit, embroider or crochet flowers.
Find out more in this special video starring Sarah Corbett who will be giving a talk about the campaign at 8.30 and how we can all get involved.
Knitting, Crochet & Embroidery - workshops
Our resident woolley experts will show you how to knit or crochet your own flower while textile artist Purple Claire will be leading a session on embroidering flowers. Flowers created on the night will form part of The Craftivists Garden Project and will go on display next year. (You can make one too keep too if you want!)
The #wellMAKING Craftivists Garden, is a collaboration between the Craftivist Collective, Falmouth University, Arts for Health Cornwall & Isles of Scilly and Voluntary Arts, and is a Connected Communities project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Prize winning corsages
Sadly we are not having a cake contest but you can still make and wear your own corsage with help from sewing expert Katie Farrell who runs creative workshops and sewing parties at The Sewing Circle.
A fair wouldn't be the same without bunting - make your own themed paper bunting to take home with you or colour, cut and paste to your hearts content - we have a host of inspiration including vegetables and cakes to create and colour.
You can now order food at the bar which will be delivered to you in your own lunchbox which you can munch into as you craft.
As usual our resident DJs The Spinning Yarns will be on the decks but we'll also be joined by some actual, real, Morris Dancers! Expect some country games too and possibly a tombola....
As ever doors open at 7.30 and we craft through to 11pm. All activities are drop in. The Craftivists will be giving a talk at 8.30pm about their #wellmaking campaign so make sure you get there before then!
Village Fair @ The Make Escape, Hackney Attic, (5th floor Hackney Picturehouse), 270 Mare Street, London, E8