Last weekend was the launch of the second Mindful Makers exhibition and it looks fantastic! With an array of work on the themes of Colour, Art Deco, Maps, Food, Feathers and Felt, there really is so much to see and admire in all the different art processes we have covered over the past 18 months.
The exhibition had several aims. The first was to obviously celebrate the work the group had produced. I think everybody was surprised at how much work they had actually made and also how good it looked once mounted and framed. It was great to see so many smiles at the launch party with the makers feeling quite proud of what they had achieved and a good confidence boost to boot! The adults bring a variety of skills and experience to the group and it is wonderful that they all support each other in every single class.
The second aim was to highlight that everybody can create, whatever their background and in doing so feel a personal sense of achievement whilst partaking in mindful activities. People come to the classes for various reasons but one thing they all have in common is that need for space and calm on a Thursday evening. Mental wellbeing is hot in the news right now and I am proud of the group for recognising their own wants and needs in this area and doing something about it and taking the time to pause in the very hectic world we live in.
Something which wasn’t an aim of the exhibition was to sell the art work. I had mentioned it to the group but no one seemed keen on the idea, in fact most laughed at the absurdity of it, which they really shouldn’t have but a lack of confidence has a lot to answer for! As it turned out, someone approached me a few days ago asking if the pieces were for sale as they were interested in buying one. Absolutely I thought to myself and couldn’t wait to tell the maker who ended up being completely stunned and rather embarrassed too! She did sell the piece and put it on her lifetime achievement list along with having that red dot of recognition on her piece to say it had sold. The image shows her with the buyer and her proud red dot on the frame of her representation of the Great Wave of Kanagawa. They both look extremely chuffed with the outcome and I too enjoyed my moment of being an art dealer! Funnily enough, this was the very first piece she made at Mindful Makers, so all in all it was rather a special day!
Art is for everyone, to make and to look at. It is such a shame that having the confidence to just do it so often gets in the way of people engaging with it. Mindful Makers is about the process, the relaxation and mindfulness of creating, the tactile benefits, the social support and the safety of just having a go. There is nothing to lose, nothing at all, yet so much to gain. You never know, you may even end up selling your creations!
Mindful Makers runs every Thursday term time 7pm – 8.30pm at St. Andrew’s Church Southgate and we would love to welcome you!