As part of The Freed Market last week, CAS artists and members of the public were invited to bring a skill to share with shop visitors on Saturday 6th June.
Lydia, The Freed Market artist says: Skill Share was an exercise in communal learning, knowledge exchange, and de-centralisation. People were invited to reflect on what they ‘know’ and therefore what skills they could teach others. The aim was to create moments of encounter where people had to be with a person face to face, rather than learning through a computer screen as we so often do.
Word’s can’t quite describe how lively and creative the Skill Share drop-in turned out to be. Here is an overview some of the skill transfers that took place:
Sewing Machine Basics
Lydia learned how to thread a showing machine and make a french seam from Lenka.
How to make butter in a jar
Linda learned how to use fresh cream to make butter in a jar from Lydia.
How to make peanut butter
Lydia demonstrated how to make peanut butter in a blender donated by Mead Event Catering (thanks Lenka!)
How to make Pom Poms
Michelle taught 8 of us how to create woollen pom poms with just our hands and a pair of scissors.
DIY Printmaking: Rolling Pin Method
Clarisse taught Michelle how to create prints by painting onto clear acetate. Helen joined in too!
How to write a business marketing plan
Helen showed two people how to create a business / marketing plan in exchange for a 10 min guided meditation practice and a horse ride!
How to make tiny paper books
Debbie showed two children and one adult how to make tiny paper books decorated with abstract drawings.