Meet the Makers
Creativity and expression is such an important part of a flourishing life.
Across the Livability community, the people we support are involved in a wide range of arts and creative programmes. From arts, crafts and metal works to textiles and painting – it all adds up to better wellbeing and self-expression. In this online gallery, we showcase and celebrate the work of some talented artists and makers.
The art was featured in a special gallery called ‘Meet the Makers’ on 14th May in the presence of our Patron HRH The Princess Royal.
We invite you to explore our galleries and meet the makers.
Livability York House
Livability Ashley Place
Livability Corner Patch
Livability Holton Lee Flourish
Livability Maesbury Metals
Livability Victoria Education Centre
Meet the artists:
Pat at Livability York House
Pat helped to create a showstopper of a dress in a charity shop window – decorated from jigsaws. The shop manager, wanted to create an eye-catching window display with an extra-special dress. She put out a call out on social media to see if anyone who could help by completing jigsaws to put on the dress.
Pat lives at Livability York House, which is home to 20 disabled adults. An avid jigsaw do-er, Pat was keen to be involved. The jigsaw project tapped into a strong artistic vocation in Pat, who loves to draw and is particularly talented at copying artworks.
The project has been a vital part in Pats journey towards independence, supported by Livability. Thanks to the care of the York House team, Pat’s gained increased mobility since being at the home to the point where she no longer uses a wheelchair.
Pat has created two dresses and a matching pair of shoes decorated in jigsaw pieces. The dress featured in the gallery uses collections of jigsaw pieces to create areas of interest all over the dress. Pat’s second dress is a homage to the Beatles, who she describes as the ‘fab four’.
Makers at Art By the Sea, Livability Ashley Place
The sea has inspired artists for centuries. This is true at Livability’s Ashley Place – a care home on the seafront in Bognor Regis. A weekly art class called ‘Art By The Sea’ brings together a diverse group of people that live at the home and the wider community, who love learning together.
The group’s art includes a range of beautiful paintings and portrait work and a fiery red papier mache dragon.
Mikey at Livability Maesbury Metals
Mikey creates in the Maesbury Metals workshop. The service is a social enterprise and day service in Oswestry.
'I have epilepsy… I couldn’t get a job for quite a while. My fits are a problem. I found it very stressful and I felt rejected. When I came to Maesbury, I did my work assessment for welding. I enjoy it. I started making metal house numbers out of horseshoes. They sell them in the shop.
I can use the forge and get to try new things. I’ve made a shepherd’s crook. My confidence has grown. I want to say thanks to them for teaching me to weld. I’m happier at Maesbury... Here is my community.'
Mikey’s art includes a boot scraper shaped and welded in metal and a wooden tray made from scratch.
Makers at Flourish, Livability Holton Lee
Livability Holton Lee is a wellbeing discovery centre offering a wide range of recreational, creative and horticultural activities. From time spent in the beautiful gardens, to giving ceramics and sculpture a go, the centre is enabling people to enhance their mental health and self-care.
This gallery includes the charming Apothe-fairy furniture, made from wood and using a pyrography technique. The Flourish group’s art includes a bee hive, wooden birds from the Flourish flocks and a stunning set of hand crafted mosaics.
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Please click on any of the pictures taken at the Meet the Makers gallery to see it in larger size: