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Catching Up

So much has been happening since we last wrote a blog, so it is about time that we got you up to date...

 

 

Commissions-

  • Coverage Care: We have continued to work on our latest commission for a new care home in Shrewsbury. This includes a 40m mosaic path, 50 felt wall hangings and 6 string ward signs. 

 

I like the way the mosaic comes together, a bit like creating a jigsaw. Once you’ve got the design in mind (no pun intended) it can quickly come together, a bit of brute force with the clippers and a bit of patience fitting it together, brings a whole that can surprise me how good it’s developed.  It makes me feel proud how far my skills have come on under the guidance of DM.

 

The felting piece can be a bit mind boggling until you’ve got the idea in your own mind of how to develop it.  Working with layers from underneath to the top, you can create a piece in a similar way to a painting.  Putting in the details is such a delight, it makes it all worthwhile.  I sometimes surprise myself at what I’ve accomplished.

 

(JB)

 

  • We have been successful in our application to Awards For All to start a commission with Baby Bird Café in Oswestry. This includes 50 Perspex birds with papercut designs and a mosaic entrance way. So far we have delivered workshops with parents and children from The Meadows Primary School and users at Baby Bird Cafe to start the design process.

 

  • ReDesign is a new brand developing within Designs in Mind, directly from 2 members. Their aim is take on private commissions and use recycled materials. In April they finished and installed a new garden bench for a new private client, work has now started on another garden bench and we are in early discussions about business development. They have got orders now that will see them in to the new year.

  • We have taken on a new commission to design and make 3 mosaic stepping stones for the garden. This commission is being designed and made by Chloe who is on our pathway to volunteering scheme. She is doing the whole process, from communication with the client, composing the designs, making the stones and managing delivery.

  • We have just received another private commission for a textile piece to go in someone’s home that takes inspiration from the welsh countryside.

 

Retail-

  • This has been the greatest area of excitement in the last 3 months. We have developed a new commercial retail brand JOLT.

 

New JOLT website- www.thisisjolt.co.uk

New JOLT Instagram-  https://www.instagram.com/thisisjolt/

New JOLT Twitter- https://twitter.com/this_is_jolt

New JOLT Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/thisisjolt/

 

What is JOLT: JOLT is a new homeware brand with product designed and made by Designs in Mind, a rural social enterprise. The designs are created by a diverse group of makers referred through mental health services. Experimental studio sessions have inspired this first JOLT collection which includes printed lampshades, cushions, napkins, notebooks and wrapping paper and boasts bold patterns and colour.

 

JOLT challenges the predominant culture of low expectation which surrounds our makers and challenges us all to take another look. 100% of sales revenue goes towards sustaining and developing the work of Designs in Mind. 

 

JOLT News: JOLT has been selected to participate in Top Drawer in September 2016. Top Drawer is a trade show for Home, Craft, Fashion, and Gifts. Not only have we been selected to participate but our products will be featured as part of the ‘SPOTTED’ area, which is curated by Charlotte Abrahams, a highly respected design journalist with the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Observer and more.

 

Over the last 3 months a small team of members have been finalising the designs, researching materials, analysing the process of sales and costs and making prototype products for a style photoshoot. All the communication channels have also been set up and we have taken on a PR company to get national attention.