On Saturday, we took the Fi & Me stall to the Arc Summer Fair for a fun day of creativity and community spirit. Thankfully, this time, we were in doors so not subjected to the full variety of weather that is British summertime in the North West. It was a great day.
Lovely resin brooches from our stall neighbour Amy of Craft Mondays.
Let me tell you a little bit about Arc – short for Arts for Recovery. It’s a charitable organisation based in the south Manchester town of Reddish that helps people experiencing emotional or psychological problems through art and creativity.
Fi’s been volunteering for Arc for more than two years and it is a cause that is really close to us both, so we’re proud to get involved in supporting them. Plus it’s great to have such a creative space so close to our hometown.
Arc is based in an old industrial building, which, funnily enough, our uncle did his first engineering apprenticeship in, so we always feel like we naturally have a connection with the place. It has a brilliant open studio space and a gallery full of work by local artists (including us!)
As well as craft stalls from local makers and artists, there was a floristry workshop by Creations 4 Occasions and, to commemorate the day, Fi led a doodling demo.
She drew things that summed up Arc and Reddish, as well as taking suggestions from the audience about what they wanted her to draw. There was an aeroplane, a mill, a lotus flower, bunting and (of course) lots of owls.
Here’s a peek of the work in progress…
Thanks to everyone who came to see us and stopped for a chat. It was so nice to meet some of you in person and we’re really happy to hear that our monkey and owl toys have gone to loving homes.
To find out more about Arc and the work they do, visit the Arts for Recovery website.