We’ve popped up a shed at the Church Manor Estate of Viridian Housing! Set up by the “Creative Homes” team the shed provides families on the estate with a hub for creative activity. Throughout March we are inviting families with young children to come play with the “T-Makers”, a professional team of designers, visual artists, storytellers and musicians and then return home with a weekly creative challenge.
The Creative Homes shed is located next to the Church Manor Community Centre and is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. We popped up just over three weeks ago and with help from local families we’ve painted the shed and discover a rare Ginko Bilboba tree growing on the estate, which we are recreating as a 3D mural made with recycled products brought from family homes.
We’ve also set up a group whatsapp where we post how-to videos and families share pictures of how they’ve taken on the creative challenges at home. We’ve had some great responses from families who have been creating amazing characters from house hold objects, making roads out of tape and personalised boxes to collected recyclable craft materials.
Families join us inside the shed for short consultations that are all delivered through games; tea bingo is one of our favourites.
By playing together we get to know each individual family and gain a better understanding of their lifestyles and needs. We’ve also been invited into several family homes to begin devising innovative and besp
oke solutions with them. We look forward to exploring how we might design to support a family with three children sharing a bedroom and how creative play, stories, decoration and use of space can help to support the family routine of “getting to bed”.
The project will finish with a big community den build on the 29th of March, in Church Manor’s communal garden space for families to use throughout the summer.