Welcome to Happy Makes Art

Caroline has been teaching crochet and knitting since 2011, under the name Carry Yarn Stitching. This is rewarding work, but now it’s time for a new chapter.

Happy Makes is relevant for everyone – we can all improve our lives through being creative, and you don’t need to be an artist or be able to draw a straight line.

We aim to:

  • Share knowledge and preserve techniques
  • Celebrate the beauty and fun in everyday items and activities
  • Create, Experiment and Play, and encourage others to do the same
  • Improve our lives and help others to improve theirs through living creatively
  • Challenge the perceived gaps between craft, art and science; revel in their differences and similarities

my stall

 

Knitted Body

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Welcome to the Knitted Body Project

This project is run by the University of Central Lancashire and is funded by the Physiological Society.The aim is to create a knitted body which can be taken into schools and used in the Royal Institution Young Scientistsā€™ Centre, to help teach biology and healthy living to children under 7 years old.

After talking to UCLan’s Dr Liz Granger, we decided to create something to play with, which the children can really interact with, so I designed organs with extra functions – a squeaky heart, a ‘thinking cap’ brain, and an intestinal system table tennis balls can be pushed through.

The volunteers who are knitting organs are a lively bunch and there’s plenty of fun. The youngest knitter is 7 year old, having made a piece of ‘skin’ for the outside, and is now in charge of pompoms alveoliĀ  for the lungs.

If you would like to knit your own organs, please get in touch. We will be releasing patterns here shortly. They are very easy to follow and would be perfect for a school craft group to work on together.

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Sessions run at In the City, St George’s Shopping Centre, Preston

Mondays 1330 – 1530 and Thursdays 1300 – 1500 until 9th June 2016. No charge, just pop in.

 

Articles about the project

http://www.uclan.ac.uk/news/knitted-bodies-bring-science-to-life.php

http://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2016/04/how-woolly-body-parts-are-being-stitched-together-in-preston/

Lancashire Evening Post Tues 3rd May 2016

Radio Lancashire May 2016