Did you know that hand crafts can improve your mental health, reduce stress and improve your mood? There is certainly no better feeling than learning something new and putting it to the test. We keep hearing in the news lately that people are losing the dexterity for these kind of skills. It can be difficult to know what crafts to try without spending lots of money buying all the tools and supplies. Alternatively you could try taking a workshop.
Try a new craft at Etsy Made Local – Birmingham Digbeth
So how would like to try something new at our Etsy Made Local – Birmingham Digbeth event? One of our fabulous members, Lisa Evans from Floating Crafts will be running ‘Make & Take’ workshops on both Friday and Saturday. Lisa runs a non-profit social enterprise focused on supporting wellbeing and positive mental health through regular creative activities.
Make a Christmas Tree Decoration
This means you can drop-in to the workshop area of our event and make a Christmas Tree Decoration – as long as seats are available, there is no need to book in advance. You will be using foam to make this gorgeous tree which you can then keep or give to one of your loved ones as a gift.
This workshop is suitable for all ages as it doesn’t involve glue or paint. So get involved on your own, with your friends or with your family. Its festive and it’s something people can make in 10-30 mins depending on how much time you have to spare. This activity will cost £2 to cover the materials used. If you enjoy making your tree decoration perhaps you will feel motivated take up a new craft.
The event is being held on the following dates:
- Friday 30th November 2018 – 12pm=8pm
- Saturday 1st December 2018 – 11am-5pm
For more details of the artists and designers that are taking part in the 2 day event check out our Instagram feed.
More info on craftfulness
This year Better Pathways – a local mental health charity who is also one of our team members will be attending the market on Friday. They will be having a stall to sell handmade woodcraft that is created in their Woodcraft Centre. The centre is a place where people come to learn new skills in a safe environment with a positive impact on their wellbeing. It also gives them a chance to create products, and socialize and meet new people. They also have an Etsy shop where you can buy their products online. All proceeds go to the charity.
To find out more about where the products come from, how they are made and the inspiring story behind it visit their woodworks website page. Alternatively drop by their stall on Friday 30th November to have a chat about the work they are doing in the local community.
Etsy chats about craftfulness
Etsy were also chatting about how craftfulness can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. You can watch the video on the Etsy facebook page.