Our Fabulous Felter’s group have been celebrating a successful evening following the launch of their very first Felting Exhibition in local coffee shop “Coffee on Wooer” on Friday night.
The group were delighted to welcome local Artists, council workers and business connector Sharon Macdonald among the evening’s visitors. The work exhibited received high praise with comments such as “fantastic and unusual.”
The exhibition showcased the work of a group who only started felt making classes in February 2016! What is Felt making you may ask? It is the process by which wool fibre is worked and fused together in order to create a range of creative work from landscapes to flowers or even flags! Our participants have been exploring this Art form with FDAMH volunteer and felt Artist Lynne Knox.
The Arts programme (run by Emily Stewart) allows those affected by mental ill health to participate in an activity in order to improve self-esteem and self-confidence and create a platform on which members can build positive relationships which is very important for mental wellbeing. Taking part in activities also allows people some dedicated relaxation time, which aids stress management and relieves anxiety.
Emily Stewart says “I have seen real measurable difference in our clients since beginning this class. It has enabled them to discover and learn new skills and make new friends. Seeing their work get better and better and their confidence grow as they see the fantastic work they are producing is a joy.”
Emily wanted an appropriate venue in which to exhibit the work of the members and has made connections with local cafe “Coffee on Wooer.” Emily believes this venue has been integral to the success of the exhibition. “We feel the cafÃ© has a rustic, bohemian charm that lends itself to the Art our participants created and the two complement each other. The staff were so helpful and we hope to continue a positive relationship with COW”.
The exhibition continues for the rest of September at 2-4 Wooer Street. For information about buying the work on display please contact Emily Stewart: Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org