March KWA: Monthly Makes & Sew Done update

Join us to catch up on We’re Sew Done.

We’re going to have a look at the We’re Sew Done book, make some badges and get all the pre-orders and crowdfunder rewards ready to send out.

We’ll also be sewing the Discomfort Blanket ready for installation and display when the Conservative Party conference is in town later this month – we’re talking about this at February’s session.

KWA session at the Upside Down


Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 7 March 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 7 March 2022

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The Discomfort Blanket

Yesterday our Knittaz With Attitude met to discuss and plan projects for later in the year.

Geared up from the amazing response to We’re Sew Done, we talked about how the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March 2022 and decided that we should take this opportunity to send a message that highlights how the decisions of the current government have affected Blackpool people.

We decided that we would like to create a quilt to be displayed during the Conservative Party conference at the Winter Gardens on 18-19 March 2022.

We’re asking you to create a textile square that illustrates the ways that we’ve all been affected by the actions and inaction of the current government.

Making Details

The idea is to make a quilt which encapsulates all of our feelings and issues relating to the current government.Squares can contain text, patterns or images. The content is up to you, however we will start a thread (in the Facebook and Whatsapp groups) where you can list your general messages so that we have an idea of what everyone is doing.

  • Total size 200cm x 200cm
  • 3 rows of squares measuring 40cm x 40cm
  • 4 rows of squares measuring 20cm x 20cm
  • There will be 55 squares in total

We will be able to provide fabric and haberdashery. Feel free to use your own if you prefer. 

  • Blu and Catherine will start divvying up materials at Charabanc very soon.
  • We will create a quick form so that you can request your preferred square size(s)

Want to take part?

We’ve had to close the sign-up survey now as we’re getting very close to our deadline. Please keep an eye on our website/socials for future call outs. <3

Background reading

Craftivism

On Blackpool

Photo credit: The Craftivist Collective

We’re Sew Done Book: Donate & Pre-Order

We’re creating a We’re Sew Done book to document this project and raise funds for local women’s projects.

What is it?

Knittaz with Attitude wants to create a book that documents the project, showcases the artworks and most importantly highlights the experiences of women on the Fylde Coast. 

Cross stitch at Layton bus stop by Stephanie Cottle.
Featured in Big Issue North, January 2021

What we’re fundraising for

We need to pay for:

  • Print costs
  • An ISBN number (to help us sell copies through bookshops)
  • Design/layout work

Once the book has been published, we plan to donate proceeds to local women’s organisations and projects, specifically those who offer practical support to women experiencing violence and those working to improve women’s health and wellbeing.

It’s been a privilege to share the stories and experiences of women on the Fylde Coast and we hope that you can support the next stage of this project.

We started a crowdfunding campaign (with lots of lovely rewards) running from 24 January to 24 February 2022. 

Please donate what you can.

KWA February session

Join us for a relaxed session at the Upside Down.

We’re going to plan some projects for later in the year, so have a think about what you’d like to do.
Bear in mind that the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March, so any ideas of messages that we can send to them would be a good starting point.

We’ll have good tunes, yummy food and plenty of brews.

KWA session at the Upside Down


Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 7 February 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 7 February 2022

£2.00 – £3.50

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Photo Gallery: The Halloween Crafternoon Tea Party

On Saturday 30 October we hosted artist Morgan Dowdall for some magical inclusive ceramics workshops at Blackpool Central Library. The relaxed Halloween gathering was hosted by Harry Clayton-Wright and attendees created striking ceramic collages inspired by the theme of magic.

This event was part of the Crafts Council’s 50th anniversary celebrations which consist of a season of nationwide exhibitions, learning events, fairs, and digital activities that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society. We were super chuffed to be selected as a Make! Craft Live! partner.

Beautiful photos by Colette Moore (IG: @coletteedits)

Make! Craft! Live!

Celebrating 50 Years of the Crafts Council

Make! Craft! Live! is a season of nationwide exhibitions, learning events, fairs, and digital activities that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society. Running from October 2021 to October 2022, this marks 50 years of the Crafts Council and will be delivered through craft activities taking place at venues across the UK such as craft studios, museums, galleries, schools and community centres.


Aunty Social is pleased to be selected as one of the Crafts Council’s partners. Working together we will prioritise the social and environmental value of making, and platform new voices and narratives that have been historically overlooked. Championing ideas of diversity, sustainability, and resilience, our activity on is a call to action to rethink the role of making as a vehicle for social change.

So what are we doing?

The Halloween Crafternoon Tea Party

Saturday 30 October 2021

Join us for a magical and relaxed Halloween gathering hosted by Harry Clayton-Wright.   

A highlight of the afternoon is an inclusive ceramics workshop with artist Morgan Dowdall. Morgan will guide you as we create striking ceramic collages inspired by the theme of magic.

We’ll have plenty of tea, snacks, conversation and great tunes – all in a friendly, sober environment. Over the course of the afternoon, there will be two workshop sessions and you are very welcome to come and relax with us when you’re not taking part in the ceramics activity.

This is a free event.

Your host Harry Clayton Wright – Photo by Eivind Hansen
Workshop with Morgan Dowdall

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Open Call: Web design for the Winter Gardens Film Festival

July 2021

Objectives
We need a new website that helps us to showcase this unique festival by:

🎬 Increasing awareness of the festival,

🎬 Generating more online ticket sales; and

🎬 Boosting engagement with our blog posts and social media accounts.

This annual film festival showcases the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

The programmes are always varied, covering a range of genres from musicals, comedy, horror, documentary, silent classics, artists’ moving image and contemporary film. We also host a range of live cinema events, workshops, archive film talks, live music and performance.

The main screenings take place in the art deco Opera House and Grand Foyer of Blackpool’s famous Grade II* listed Winter Gardens.

  • Every two years we host a film competition with entries from across the globe.
  • Each year we choose a theme for our Sunday program. Past recent themes have included Vote 100: women in film and Protest: Take a stand.
  • We host special events for specific groups such as screenings for schools and relaxed (dementia-friendly) screenings.
  • We always host a number of vintage themed events. We have a loyal following of people who adore living history and dress up in vintage clothing for the occasion. 

The festival is a partnership project between the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social CIC. 2022 will be its 6th year. Festival events were not held in 2020 or 2021 due to lockdown. We are a not-for-profit film festival. We have a large team of dedicated volunteers and we often hold events that raise awareness and funds for important local and local causes. We also host pop-up cinema screenings and events in a number of community venues throughout the year. 

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please download the web design brief.

Due to our funding conditions, this opportunity is limited to individuals and organisations based in the UK.

This opportunity is supported by Arts Council England

KWA Reclaim These Streets

We’re doing what Knittaz do best, supporting Reclaim these Streets Blackpool & Fylde Coast craftivism-style. 

Crochet & embroidery, Joe Booth

Overview: We’re making small textile/craft works of art that will be strategically placed in public spaces to highlight the harassment and threats of violence that women face everyday.

Why? This means a lot to us. These are our experiences and we want to do something that helps people to understand the impact of everyday street harassment.

Embroidery & crochet, Kelly Gorrie

Our aim for this project is to draw attention and make an impact. Drawing attention is not something that us Knittaz ever need help with, so focusing on the ‘impact’ aspect, we think a collection of pieces will be far more dramatic than one piece, and more likely to inspire questions and conversation.

The Blackpool Reclaim These Streets event is currently planned for August/September 2021 so we’re aiming for then. This gives us a good bit of time to crack on and build a stash ready to be ‘displayed’ alongside the event. After this, pieces will be photographed at pinpointed locations on the Blackpool RTS map detailing locations of acts of street harassment around Blackpool. At the moment there’s 50+ locations so the more we can get the better!

The pieces will then be displayed in an exhibition at Blackpool Central Library over September 2021.

About your piece

  • We think it’s really important that the pieces are yours. We don’t want to tell you what you should say. 
  • They can be as big or small as you like, use as many or as little colours as you like, use whatever techniques you like, there can be words or not, or maybe an image.
  • We’d like the pieces to be cohesive, but only in a way that is recognisably us…. So bright colours where possible please. 
Cross stitch (work in progress) Stephanie Cottle.

Skills & Techniques
If you have an idea but you don’t know how to execute it, or if it’s a technique you don’t have knowledge of (or the equipment), let us know. We have lots of fabrics, yarns, tools etc. that we can lend out, and between us we have the skills to share, or collaborate with each other.

Want to take part?

Drop us a quick email and we’ll send send you a group invite.

Job Opportunity

Aunty Social is seeking staff to support their upcoming BFI-supported Young Filmmakers Club.

This spring, we’re launching a new club that will support 15 budding filmmakers aged 12-15 yrs. They’ll learn how films are made and try out lots of different skills including scriptwriting, model-making, filming on location, cinematography and video editing. Their final film will be shown at a big showcase event for friends and family.

We’re recruiting the following roles:

Film Club Assistant

Expected time commitment: 
10 half day (5 hour) sessions and a showcase event between 30 March 2021 and  19 June 2021. 

Pay
£9.50 per hour
Total 50 hours
PAYE

Location 
The Old Electric, Springfield Road, Blackpool
The Magic Club
If coronavirus restrictions do not allow physical sessions, we will host the sessions online (via Zoom)

Film Club Coordinator

Expected time commitment: 
1 day per week (7.5 hours)

Pay
£11 per hour
Total 82.5 hours
PAYE

Location
Working from home
Occasional Blackpool town centre meetings (if coronavirus restrictions allow).

The roles are to start week commencing 22 March 2021, please note that the start/end dates may alter slightly depending on Coronavirus safety restrictions.
Please see the Role Descriptions for detailed information. 

If you are interested, please submit a CV and either:

  • a short covering letter explaining why you would like the role and how you meet the requirements; OR
  • A  link to a short video explaining why you would like the role and how you meet the requirements

Please send your application email to [email protected] 

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 12 March 2021

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

We will acknowledge receipt of your application.

Short interviews will take place between 5:30pm and 7pm on Tuesday 16 March and Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Loving live-streamed life drawing

As you might already know, we hosted a live-streamed life drawing session for The Big Draw with performance artist Harry Clayton-Wright. On the night, we welcomed 20 artists to the session and to cut a long story story short, we had an absolute blast! It was funny, camp, laid-back… Just a lovely experience.

A Zoom like no other!

We hope to put on more sessions and are just getting our heads around the logistics of hosting this regularly. We believe in paying artists fairly for their work, so we need to do some sums to make sure that we can continue to do this.

Amazing drawings shared on Instagram.