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Feedback from the group about our printing workshop with Emily Hayes "I enjoyed doing this workshop - being with other people and working with flowers and plants and learning how to bang them onto fabric with mini logs! I liked being in the garden rather than being trapped in the house all day." "I liked seeing all the colours" "I am more creative than I used to think, this really boosts my self-esteem. Its not that I feel amazingly different to be honest, but I know that if i had stayed in the house all day I would feel very different to how I feel now." "I did have to force myself to come out today, I find it difficult to be with people, it fills me with anxietry, but when I do I feel like

Hapa Zome with Emily Hayes

Today we did an amazing workshop on printing leaves and flowers with artist Emily Hayes at our partner organisation Hulme Garden Centre - which definitely deserves a Breathing Spaces badge of honour! If you haven't yet been to Hulme Garden Centre we wholeheartedly recommend it - not just for buying beautiful plants, flowers and vegetables but the community gardens at the back and sitting spaces offer a true respite from the busy city and the sounds recede as you are enclosed in a mature garden of overhanging apple trees, herbs, flowers and more. Sitting here is Forest Bathing - Shinrin Yoku. This is an oasis in the middle of Hulme and we are thankful for all of the hard work and effort of th

You are invited...

Launching our Poetry Anthology Mental Health Awareness Week Longsight Library | 4-6pm | Tuesday 8th October Slap-Dash Publishing is our very own community publishing project. You can see and purchase our other publications here online. Longsight Library and Central Library will soon be stocking a selection of our books created by local artists and authors. Come along to meet the artists, see them perform their poems and find out more about how Breathing Spaces improve Mental Health for all.

Stitch Sampler with Emily Hayes

Workshop 1 of Mark Making with Thread with Emily Hayes as part of this Breathing Spaces Project: "I don't really sew, I haven't since school, but Emily helped us out. I liked using the leaves as inspiration, looking closely. It's always better to focus on something as a starting point" Volunteer MMQS Emily Hayes is an embroidery artist who works with communities to create beautiful tactile images that are meaningful to the maker whilst resonating with the viewer. In our first of four sessions we experimented with stitch, with some people using thread for the first time and others building on a wealth of knowledge. We started the workshop we making tea from nettles, mint, rosemary and dried

Lime Tree Boulevard

Cycling back from St Luke's yesterday after our fabulous workshop with Emily Hayes (blog post to come) the light was falling on the Linden trees beautifully in Birchfields Park: There is something very special about these boulevards, there is one in Platt Fields park where my friend's son learned to ride his bike. But this one more closely planted and really encloses you. I love this blog post about Lindens from Gerry in Nature and Environment: https://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/the-intoxicating-scent-of-lime-trees/

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