Working to inspire stronger communities
It is this freedom of imagination that led me to collaborate initially with my daughter's primary school. The result was a workshop session that asked the students to come up with upcycling solutions for things they would like to make, using only damaged, broken or discarded items from around the school site and at home.
Children are full of creativity and fearlessness, so ideas are never in short supply, but the more sober limitations of health and safety are often the only consideration when designing space rockets (being a popular choice).
I hope to see participants from all across the social spectrum, from young minds and the consumers of tomorrow to retired hobbyists and many in between, including those wishing to learn some practical skills for repairing broken possessions or as a way to generate a bit of extra income in these tough times as their ideas take flight. Speaking personally, I find great comfort in having something to occupy my hands and mind as a form of therapy for those days when pain is bad or I am feeling isolated from life as a result of my physical limitations. I hope to reach out to more people in that situation and share the benefits of this kind of artistic endeavour as part of a robust strategy for mental and physical health.