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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.

Positive Benefits

I aim to allow the participants the freedom to express themselves and help guide them to that sense of empowerment as they work to create something as a result of that original inspiration, whether that takes the form of personalised gifts for family and friends or something cool to display to their peers. The end result of the project is usually dictated by the resources at hand, but the benefit to the participants is rewarding on other levels beyond what item is created, such as building self-confidence, collaboration within a group and developing useful skills for the real world.

Spreading The Message

I aim to expand the workshop concept into the local network of schools at various age groups, community-based projects and social awareness campaigns run through local council authorities, and environmental movements.

I believe that the positive message of a 'reuse and upcycle' campaign can help people find their own creativity while also bringing attention to the problem of waste and overdependence on landfill sites to dispose of unwanted items.

Sharing Skills & Working Together

I hope to see participants from all across the social spectrum, from young minds and the future 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.

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