Weʼre raising £2,500 to Inspire confidence to learn new skills in crafts and upcycling in new not-for-profit community hub.
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Imagine a place, fully stocked with tools and materials, with someone there to tutor you to upskill yourself in a craft before splashing out on expensive equipment.
Now imagine that place as a drop-in centre where you come when you have the time and energy instead of signing up to so many days a week for a year.
A friendly, fun and inclusive community hub, where people are more important than profit.
This Is The Living Studio.
A brand-new social enterprise, not-for-profit opening in the back rooms of Adat Yeshua on Essex Street, Norwich.
Years gone by, make do and mend was how people saved money, and an increasing number of experts today agree that crafting helps improve mental health.
Make do & mend the 21st century way!
Teaching communities how to up-cycle and re-use in a relaxed atmosphere gives:
* Self-confidence in learning new transferable skills
* Better education about recycling / re-using
* Provide skills needed to improve mental health, homes and neighbourhoods.
Donations are key
As a not-for-profit enterprise being fully stocked with equipment like upholstery tools, cutting machines, sewing machines, brushes, stencils, and all kinds of materials from wood to vinyl, paint and fabrics is a challenge.
The studio needs donations for the people of Norwich to come together to learn skills in DIY and upcycling furniture, to experience crafts by reusing items, and discover how to make home decor, cards, gifts, art, fabric printing, decoupage and more.
Funds and Help Given
The studio has already been given a huge donation from an anonymous source for electricity installation for lights and heating. Which has now been installed.
A door handle and lock have been fitted on the doors.
And a local builder has offered his services free to fit a stud wall and door between studio room and kitchen area.
But the studio still needs funds for:
* Insulation of the two outside walls with batten and fire safe plasterboard.
* Tools, like upholstery hammers, staple guns, glue guns, craft knives, paper cutters, glass cutters, vices, moulds, drills and other DIY and craft tools
* Materials, like furniture wax, paints and wood stains, clay, glues, cotton thread, fabrics, vinyl’s, HTV and more .
For the community
Every penny you give will go towards this social enterprise / not for profit business, to make get the studio fit for use making sure low-income communities are supported in learning skills to improve their circumstances and environments.
There is an ever growing need to stop plastics and similar from landfill. The Living Studio helps to address this issue with education and upcycled art.
Your support is vital and means so much, we can't do this without you.
Find out more:
Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingStudioNorwich/
EDP feature - https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/emma-steer-to-open-upcycling-centre-the-living-studio-norwich-1-6232956
Adat Yeshua Messianic Synagogue - http://www.adatyeshua.co.uk/the-living-studio/
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About the fundraiser
Hello, I'm Emma, founder of The Living Studio venture. The concept started when I had my own business furniture flipping. Customers would ask how I got certain paint effects and comment how they would love to learn how to do it too. The idea for the studio was born!