Want to have a go of making your own? You can download the worksheet here. All you need to make your own is felt, scissors, sticky pads, and a stick!
The following month our arty packs were inspired by Grayson Perry who encouraged the nation to get creative with his Art Club on Channel 4 every Monday night (still available on All 4). Grayson Perry is well known for his pottery pieces, and so our creative packs included bits and pieces to make your very own pottery.
We really wanted the arty packs to be accessible to our entire community, and not require excess materials to get involved. So we were particularly pleased with our Arty Pack which was created working with artist Diane Watson. Diane designed an arty pack centred upon using rubbish/plastic to create gifts that connect with others. 200 of these packs were distributed via two Cultural Hubs. We also were able to facilitate a physical drop-in session with Diane as we wanted to ensure everyone had an opportunity to take part in the activities. The arty packs offered guidance on using ‘rubbish’ to make collages and cards for others in the community with messages of hope and kindness for those who might be feeling lonely or isolated. We had recognised in our past projects that acts of kindness to our neighbours and community can also help the person ‘doing’ to feel more positive and connected, so it was an all-round win for the entire community.