Craft in Common is a series of five creative online workshops, led by artist Alinah Azadeh, to help us to get through these difficult times by making together. It has been co-commissioned by MAC and Craftspace for a forthcoming national touring exhibition We Are Commoners.
Each workshop is themed to relate to a human value or experience such as; courage, care, connection, loss and emotional repair. Alinah invites you to make these objects for yourself or to gift to someone else.
Share your makes and stories with us on social media using the hashtag #WeAreCommoners - and be sure to tag us @mac_birmingham.
If you are interested in showing objects you make alongside the exhibition, please email Craftspace at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07394 745 865.
Workshop 3: LOSS
Wrapping an object as a symbol of loss
There are different kinds of loss; death of loved ones, loss of friendships or relationships, and the feeling of loss from the restrictions during the Covid-19 crisis.
Alinah invites you to create a small ‘memory object’ to help reflect and honour the things or people we may have lost in our lives.
“This idea came from an art installation 'The Gifts' that I did where hundreds of people contributed. After the sudden death of my mother, I began to wrap her objects and personal effects with fabric. I bound them to tell stories about her, celebrate her qualities and the things I missed about her.”