Connecting Threads is a community initiative set up by Manchester September 16th-22nd will see the Connecting Threads exhibition taking place here in Madlab, with special previews on the 14th of September. University School of Arts alumni, Emily Hayes and Becky Waite, which aims to empower members of the homeless community by teaching and developing artistic skills in crafts such as embroidery and mono printing.
This is their first collaborative project and arose out of their shared interest in using creative art as a tool for improving a person’s wellbeing and self-esteem.
Since graduating four years ago, they have worked with a variety of groups including those with learning disabilities and mental health issues. This particular project involved their collaboration with local organisations supporting people affected by homelessness, including The Booth Centre, Life Matters and The Mustard Tree. A series of 12 art workshops were held at the centres, where participants were invited to explore printmaking and embroidery techniques.