Last month we were lucky enough to be commissioned by the Craft Council to run a workshops as part of their Make: Shift: Do festival. Working with Liverpool Libraries, we rocked up at Toxteth Library with a whole load of crafty creative and above all, smart, materials with the idea that whoever drops by can use the materials to create whatever they want to…
The workshop focused on using smart materials combine with traditional craft practices and materials to create artistic pieces. Smart materials react to changes in their environment. In essence, their properties can be changed by an external condition such as heat, light and other variable factors. For the Make:Do:Shift festival. the workshop focused on creating artwork that explores wellbeing through the use smart materials such as:
As part of this workshop, participants – from toddlers to adults – worked individually, in small teams or as a whole group to create pieces of arts that explore wellbeing. This included creating sun prints, experimenting with UV paints and pens, designing structures with 3D pens, creating magnetic mood boards, creating some e-textitle pieces and much more.
The Smart Materials – Design, Innovation & Craft workshop is part of wehearttech CIC’s Innovation Hub programme. Our Innovation Hubs are great ways for groups and teams to work together to generate, plan and discuss ideas for new projects, approaches and processes. The hubs use technology (in all forms) to unlock people’s ideas, embracing curiosity, collaboration and creativity. They are great ways to bring people together for team-building or to kick-start something new. Underpinning the delivery of these hubs is the 7 C’s of a character curriculum – confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship – as outlined in the education manifesto, Educating Ruby.
If you’d like to find out more about our Innovation Hub workshops, or book a smart materials workshop for your school, library, education centre or youth club… then just get in touch and let’s see what we can craft together!