PSS Workshops 2016 – 2017
PSS Workshops 2016 – 2017 / Tuesday 1st November - Wednesday 31st May
Bluecoat Display Centre have worked with health and social care partners Person Shaped Support (PSS) on an outreach programme of artist–led workshops and residencies to demonstrate the benefits that craft can have on a person’s overall health and wellbeing. The first cycle ran from October 2015 – August 2016 and involved 6 x 2 day workshops. This enabled a more immersive experience for the participants. This series of workshops were funded by P.H.Holt Foundation.
PSS workshops also ran from November 2016 – August 2017 and saw new local artists working with other PSS groups. We are very grateful for the support of P.H.Holt Foundation which enabled this project.
Christine Toh – card making workshop at PSS, Women’s Turnaround Centre.
Christine taught members of the group how to make a range of greetings cards. Women’s Turnaround, is a service offering individual and group work to support adult female offenders and women at risk of offending in Liverpool and Knowsley. Group members were very creative and worked well independently. They made a beautiful selection of cards and enjoyed a mutually supportive and sociable environment.
Caroline Gregson – willow/weave workshop at PSS, Umbrella Centre.
Caroline taught members of the group how to make a range of forms including deer, trees and 3D hearts using willow/weave techniques. Umbrella Centre provides recovery focused courses and creative approaches for those experiencing the challenges of living with anxiety, depression and emotional distress. Individuals are invited to attend craft courses to learn new techniques, strategies and skills with support from others.
Elizabeth Willow – paper workshop at PSS, Umbrella Centre. Elizabeth taught the group how to make simple books & bags. The group tested grains of different paper, enjoyed using traditional tools and learned terms of different aspects of book making. Umbrella Centre supports individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and emotional distress with creativity playing a powerful role in a persons mental health recovery.
Simon Shaw – Ceramics workshop at PSS, Belle Vale. Simon gave the group an introduction to making ceramic pots. Participants learnt four basic techniques of pinch pots, coil pots, sculpture and press moulding techniques. PSS Belle Vale supports individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and emotional distress.
Sally Anne Thompson – Textile workshop at PSS, Umbrella Centre. Participants were invited to make their own layered corsage from a choice of fabrics and embellishments. They were also given a choice of creating a real leather pouch to hold coins or cards. Some people also experimented with making brooches, hair clips, bracelets or chokers. Umbrella Centre supports individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and emotional distress with creativity playing a powerful role in a persons mental health recovery.
Gill Curry – Printmaking workshop at PSS, Leeson Centre.
Members of the group learned how to make a series of different prints using simple cutting tools and lino. They experimented with different coloured inks, made base prints and then made books into which they could keep the prints. The group were so delighted by working with Gill that at the end of the last session they presented her with a plant as a gift and card signed by all group members. The Leeson Centre is a peer led group. Their mission is to show that everyone is creative and that creativity can play a powerful role in a persons mental health recovery.