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Taster Sessions and Conversations at Culture, Health, & Wellbeing International Conference 2021

Significant Seams artist tutors will be hosting three free taster events at a Booth at the Culture, Health & Wellbeing International Conference on 21-23 June 2021.

The Conference programme draws on over 200 submissions for practice and research events from 20 countries. Participants will have a choice of more than 90 presentations, workshops and films. They cover subjects as varied as dementia and the arts, hip hop therapy, young people’s mental health, singing for health, staff wellbeing and training, partnerships and access, population level research and theoretical contributions. They also include our Booth and 3 free sessions, designed to offer a space to wind down from all of the input, and experience the wellbeing characteristics of creativity for oneself.



Crochet-800pxTall-Below500-PortraitSilent Zoom for Craftfulness Taster Session

With Melinda Schwakhofer & Sarah Richards

Monday 21 June 7:00 – 7:50pm

Silent Zoom for Craftfulness is a Zoom session for crafting together in silence. In the Silent Zoom for Craftfulness session there is no instruction. The craft/activity and action of hands working is the focus. The session provides the opportunity for people to bring their own craft/creative activity and work together in meditative silence in the presence of others and to discover the value of creativity for relaxation and mindfulness. The 50-minute taster session will bring people together virtually and provide a focussed time to work on individual craft projects. After a brief introduction to the concept of Silent Zoom, we will work on our own projects together followed by some time to reflect on the experience. Participants should bring their own activity to work on during the session.


You-are-inspiring-850px-Below500Reflection on the #YASV Craftivism Project

With Catherine West & Melinda Schwakhofer

Tuesday 21 June 6:30 – 7:20

In 2017, Significant Seams was the European Hub for an international Craftivist project called ‘You are So Very,’ represented by #YASV. In its original permutation, participants stitched positive affirmations, and then distributed them for others to find around Valentines Day. The project proved incredibly impactful on participants and provides a mini case study of what can happen through a creative project, especially when well supported by arts & wellbeing facilitators.  Come along to hear about the project, its impacts, our future plans with it, and how to get involved.





EcoAnxiety: Moths and Mending for Ourselves and for the Planet

With Melinda Schwakhofer & Naomi Wright

Wednesday 23 June 12:45 – 1:30



The act of trying to


how and why


has been

torn-out/ eroded/

destroyed/ tattered/ erased

in order


re-make, re-weave




-Vita Plume

In an interactive conversation we will introduce the concept of how mending/repairing garments can have a positive effect on our planet as well as on our wellbeing. We will be focussing on the small acts we can do which can change the way we might feel about the future, our environment, and Ourselves. As part of the discussion, we’ll find out about Moths to the Flame – an Arts Council England funded project addressing our relationship with energy, our environment and climate change, and leading to a collaborative installation at COP21 in Glasgow. In this conversation we will chat about a range of topics:

Ethos of mending, re-using, repairing & Slow Stitch Movement

How mending can help our mental health and wellbeing

Mending as an antidote to Fast Fashion and as a subversive act to