Art’s the way to up-cy­cle‘rub­bish’

Men­tal health fes­ti­val work­shop is a picture of suc­cess

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These colour­ful pieces of art were all cre­ated from old mag­a­zines, toys, tex­tiles and even wall­pa­per.

The art ses­sion was part of the Scot­tish Men­tal Health Arts Fes­ti­val and took place at Life Skills RAMH at Hous­toun Square, John­stone.

Artist Julie Boswell led the free event, which in­vited peo­ple to come along and use re­cy­cled and up­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate a piece of art based on the fes­ti­val theme, Re­claim.

And the par­tic­i­pants went to town us­ing can­vas flow­ers, bath ducks and per­haps the most strik­ing of all, a toy gi­raffe head.

Reuben Mill­ward, ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for RAMH, said it was a fun af­ter­noon.

He said: “The peo­ple who took part all saw the ad­vert in the fes­ti­val book­let and there was a great spirit among ev­ery­one.

“Julie brought along a lot of stuff that could be seen as junk but ev­ery­one was able to use what they wanted and put it in a frame.

“We had a mini ex­hi­bi­tion at the end and that was fun to show off our work to each other.”

Life Skills is a so­cial en­ter­prise op­er­ated by RAMH that re­cy­cles and up­cy­cles do­nated fur­ni­ture, vin­tage, col­lecta­bles and tex­tiles.

All prof­its made from the sale of goods go straight back into men­tal health ser­vices for lo­cal peo­ple.

Reuben added: “The fes­ti­val theme is Re­claim and we could re­ally go to town with it.

“It’s quite ap­pro­pri­ate that the ses­sion took place in Life Skills since the store is all about up­cy­cling, re­cy­cling and re­claim­ing things which other peo­ple might think are of no use.

“We get do­na­tions of fur­ni­ture, CDs, DVDs and re­cy­cle them for peo­ple to buy.”

The Scot­tish Men­tal Health Arts Fes­ti­val started on Tues­day and runs till the end of the month, with lots of events tak­ing place through­out Ren­frew­shire.

Check the web­site www. mh­fes­ti­ for more de­tails or pick up a book­let from Pais­ley Town Hall or your lo­cal li­brary.

Cre­ative work Eve Fer­gu­son, left, of Com­mu­nity Net­works; Reuben Mill­ward, of Ed­u­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion RAMH and artist Julie Boswell thor­oughly en­joyed the event Up­cy­cling Pur­ple patch

Jen­nifer Bowskill Agnes Ful­ton

Get­ting cre­ative The group had great fun putting their pic­tures to­gether

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