I have been lucky enough to be chosen to work on the 'Enliven Project' with Eastleigh Borough Council, part of their cultural strategy.

In a nutshell the council are aiming to enhance the perceptions of Eastleigh and to encourage future cultural investment. The focus is on the creative industries, by offering investment, development, opportunities and training.

10 designers and artists have been chosen are have been matched to charity shops within the centre. Our brief is to create artworks/designs using the materials sourced only from our designated charity shop. The results will be fashion orientated however this is open to interpretation.

The 'Enliven' programme will include each designer/artist being given the shop window to display their creation/s for a month, a fashion catwalk show in conjunction with Winchester School of Art, a fashion marquee at the Eastleigh Festival along with a show at The Point Theatre. The aim is to highlight not only the individual charities, offer a cultural/creative destination to visitors and offer the participating artists a showcase.

I am working with Emmaus, a homeless charity and after various changes of mind, am working with books, maps, wool, threads and an embroidery template that has served as the main inspiration for my pieces.

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