CALL Make a Lockdown Nature Quilt!

Springwatch project in Felt

Severe restrictions on movement during the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that we have been mostly confined to our local areas. During daily walks you may well have become more aware of the biodiversity on your doorstep. 

For this project we will be felting some of the wild (and not so wild) life we have become more aware of that will then be sewn together into a large ‘quilt’ tapestry and projected onto different land/streetscapes. 

You will produce a felted square featuring either a plant or animal you have come across during your walks, or something that used to be common but you no longer see. It could be a robin, crow, sycamore, brambles, spiders, nettle, ivy or a fox. Or it might be the disappearing hedgehogs, butterflies or bees. No prior knowledge of felting is required and we will provide you with all the materials you need as well as access to online video guides and handouts with step-by-step guides on how to felt and embroider your work. Three online sessions, approximately an hour long, will be provided via zoom so that you can discuss your plans and problem solve any challenges. We will share our work and ideas via a shared padlet and Whatsapp group.

To participate you need to confirm you will be able to attend all of the sessions and will return your work back to us at the end of the project so it can be sewn into a quilt, photographed and filmed for display. 

Apply here 

Rebuilding London’s economy together: the case for more co-operation

Camden Community Makers (Coops for London) were pleased to contribute their expertise on co-operative housing to this report published by Seema Malhotra MP which looks at how we can rebuild London’s economy to be fairer, more resilient and more sustainable. Seema reports:

“The report calls for a Co-operative Commission for London so that London based co-operatives can be helped to grow and flourish. This would complement the Economic Development Strategy for London set out by Mayor Sadiq Khan to create a more inclusive city which works for all Londoners.”

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Well done us! OPOF wins the Newton Prize!

Just need to say huge ‘well done us’ Emily O’Mara, Jessica Jacobs and Andrea Morreau crucial team members of the Our Past Our Future (OPOF) AHRC funded workshop in Southern Jordan who have just been awarded the Newton Prize by the Newton Fund. Working on this Newton Prize winning project as been so rewarding and special.So happy that the OPOF workshops we developed with the women in Faynan have now been expanded into two new projects focusing on gender equality and sustainable development goals establishing women’s handicraft initiatives with the University of Petra. What a team we make!!

‘Our Past, Our Future, All Together in Faynan’ AHRC 2019-21
Faynan is an impoverished region of southern Jordan that is mostly populated by members of four different Bedouin tribes. It has a remarkable landscape of archaeology that has received more than 40 years of research, principally by UK, US and German research teams. The Department of Antiquities, supported by the AHRC has begun to develop a local museum with the joint aims of developing eco-tourism to generate income into the local community for sustainable development, and build community engagement with the museum for social cohesiveness and well-being. This project will build community engagement with the Faynan Museum and facilities for eco-tourism to support social cohesiveness, individual well-being and sustainable economic development in Faynan. The two year project is structured into six different sub-projects. Jessica, Emily and Andrea worked on the sub-project  ‘Local Voices’ running a series of workshops with members of the tribal communities in Faynan. Our role is to work with the local community to devise, design and manufacture ‘community history/story maps’ using wool felt, and other local materials. By sharing our skills and building on the amazing craft heritage skills of the local women of Faynan we will create handcrafted storymaps about their lives. These maps will be displayed in the museum alongside video and other material gathered during the research period.

Community-led Social Housing for Murphy’s Yard

Our first meeting for everyone interested in building and living in your own social rented housing was held at Think & Do in Kentish Town on March 7, 2020.

It was standing room only as we heard from

Brendan Conway
GLA-funded Community Led Housing Hub

Fabian Watkinson
author of ‘The golden age of Camden housing’

Cooperation Town

There was also a screening of our film ‘Consequences‘.

Our next step will be to begin work on developing our
Camden Community Makers’ Action Plan

If you are interested in joining our steering committee and participating in our working groups but couldn’t make it along on the day then do get in touch.