Hull-based community group #WeMadeThis has been busy these past few months, making flower garlands for their fifth large-scale craft project, #WeMadeThisSpring. Hundreds of local people have been involved in the creation of well over 500 garlands, which are going to go up in dozens of places across the city (and beyond) this Saturday (23 March) to celebrate the start of spring. The garlands will stay up until 6 April.
Unlike their Christmas Tree projects, #WeMadeThisSpring will not be accompanied by a map of all the locations where you’ll be able to find the garlands. However, the group have been putting up these posters where garlands will appear, so keep an eye out, and feel free to take a pic and share where you’ve spotted them.
One part of town where you will find garlands galore is Princes Avenue, where the local bars and restaurants have practically all agreed to display a garland or two. Jane Hawes, #WeMadeThis stalwart and area lead for Princes Avenue & Pearson Park, is evidently delighted: “It has been heart-warming getting such a positive response from the bars and restaurants along Princes Avenue. They are obviously buying into our concept of community involvement.”
As is customary by now, participants in the project cover a range of ages and abilities, with groups involved including four nurseries, nine schools, two after school clubs, six craft groups, a residential home and other community groups and organisations, such as the Rainbow Community Garden off Endike Lane, the Garden Village Neighbourhood Watch and Dove House Hospice.
Linda Johnson, Head of Clinical Services at Dove House Hospice, says: “We are delighted to be taking part in this. Our patients, volunteers and staff have been making flowers over the last few weeks. We are looking forward to seeing the finished displays, and also to see what others have been making. It’s a lovely way to brighten up the city this time of year.”
Liz Smith at Bude Park Primary is equally enthusiastic: “[Our] Eco and Breakfast clubs have loved joining in the #WeMadeThisSpring project and can’t wait for the garlands to go up around our school.”
Participants do not just include existing groups or organisations, however. The projects organised by #WeMadeThis also help to forge new friendships, the Willerby / Anlaby group that Kath Carter belongs to being one example: “One of the joys of WeMadeThis is the way that every project makes new links within each community and even leads to new friendships. It really is community spirit in action!”
One way in which the group tries to promote this ‘community spirit’ is by organising monthly Maker Days in various, mostly central locations, such as Kardomah 94, Redwood Glades, Trinity Market and St Stephen’s, all of whom will also be hosting some of the garlands. Imogen Hairsine, a regular attendant of the Maker Days, says she’s “glad to have been a tiny part of a fun, creative community event.”
Even though the flower garlands are yet to go up, #WeMadeThis are already looking ahead to their next project, which will see them host another Hull-themed exhibition at Hull Minster, following the success of their Hull Spirit: Iconic People and Places exhibition last year. This year’s exhibition will have Trailblazers as its theme, and will take place between 10 and 29 September.
To get involved, follow #WeMadeThis on twitter, Facebook and Instagram @wemadethishull, join the Craft Project Hull Facebook group, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Miranda van Rossum – WeMadeThis]