Preston artists invited to make something from nothing at Emmaus’ Craft Hack event

Posted on - 6th May, 2013 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, What's On in Preston
An example of previous upcycling

An example of previous upcycling

Artists and creatives are being invited to turn unwanted junk into art.


Arts group They Eat Culture and JCR Creatives have teamed up with the city’s Emmaus shop for the event.

All of the items the charity collects will be available to use as artists are challenged to “up-cycle” to create art along the theme of ‘Words’.

A range of materials, basic tools and sewing machines will be provided but you can bring along any tools you like.

Jenny Rutter, director of JCR Creative, said: “We want to encourage playfulness and a sense of creative adventure where the emphasis is on sharing to create a range of beautiful and original work.

“The themes of Up! are so important right now, we are all looking at how we can ‘make do and mend’.”

This won’t be the first time artists in the city have been challenged to produce something out of nothing, at the Guild work was shown as part of the Vintage Guild installation.

The Up! Craft Hack takes place at the Emmaus Shop on Friargate on Saturday 25 May from 10am to 5pm.

What the heck is ‘upcycling’?!

Upcycling is the art of reusing unwanted items by converting them into something better! Craft based upcycling can be a transformative and empowering process, taking unwanted products and waste goods and turning them into items that have a creative and/or economic value.

You can find out more about the project on the Upcycling Preston site.

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