#women unleashed retreat

The covers and first page of my #womenunleashedretreat journal.

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A room of one’s own…

In her book, ‘A room of one’s own’, Virginia Woolf states, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”   I heartily agree with this, but substitute “create art” for “write fiction” in my case.

I have had my own room since my daughter left home a few years ago and it has gone through various stages of disarray and untidiness throughout. I have been able to create art though, despite the mess, as those of you who follow my blog will know.

Recently, we bought new carpet for all the bedrooms and my room was the first to be fitted. Two lovely ladies came to do the re-painting and I had new blinds fitted. Then came the carpet! We bought it in a sale so the colour is rather unusual but lovely and soft underfoot! I have deployed spare pieces of carpet, rugs and plastic table covers to protect it from the worst of my paint splotches!

I really like to look at other studios and took a few photos during the process so that I could show my readers what I’ve done. It’s still a ‘work in progress’ but things are being replaced and sorted gradually. Do you think I’ll be able to keep it tidy? Let me know in the comments what you think.

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Creative space from Irene Fitzpatrick on Vimeo.

Outreach Groups

During the latter part of 2015, I had not been coping very well with life in general and with my mental health issues. I was offered a place in an Arc Outreach Group which kept me from isolating myself from other people and helped me to express myself in a way that sometimes isn’t possible when you’re not feeling quite yourself. We covered a variety of different art activities which culminated in a self portrait project using some of the skills we had learned in previous weeks. The atmosphere was very warm and friendly! Tea and biscuits, gentle background ambient music and plenty of lively encouragement from our artist, volunteer and social worker student. The group lasted for 12 weeks after which an exhibition of work from our group and other groups in Stockport was held at Arts for recovery in the community gallery at Reddish.

Here is a slide show of the exhibition and the sale of crafts made by other groups at Arc which was held on Saturday 30th January and continues on weekdays from 10am to 4pm until Thursday 24th March.

Gallery Location

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Ten Christmas wellbeing tips | Mind, the mental health charity – help for mental health problems

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Arc Art Bazaar

Amongst the goodies we have for you at the Bazaar, handmade decorations including this little chap. Wouldn't he look great on your tree?
Amongst the goodies we have for you at the Bazaar, handmade decorations including this little chap. Wouldn’t he look great on your tree?

A reminder of the Arc Art Bazaar – only a week away!

It’s almost time for the Art Bazaar!

What is the Bazaar? The best collection in town of original but affordable art, cards, jewellery, ceramics, and quirky gifts.

When is it? Saturday 28th November between 12 and 4pm. At the Arc studios and Gallery on Greg St in Reddish – 5 mins from Stockport town centre, from Levenshulme and the Heatons. See our website for a google map.

Can anyone come? Yes of course and it’s free to get in so bring your friends and family – all ages welcome. There are arts activities for all, a tombola, raffle and refreshments.

Click on the links below to get up to date information on this and other Arc events!

Amongst the goodies we have for you at the Bazaar, handmade decorations including this little chap. Wouldn’t he look great on your tree?

Copyright © 2015 Arc – Arts For Recovery in the Community, All rights reserved.

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(NB The featured robin is not my work but was made by a member of the Design team at Arc)

Arc Art Bazaar. Saturday 28th November 2015. 12 noon to 4pm.

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Lots of wonderful art, crafts and cards available at the Arc Christmas Bazaar! An ideal place to buy gifts and cards for your family and friends and just marvel at the wonderful work on show! Refreshments available (lots of lovely cake!!!!) and side stalls and raffles where you can win gifts and works of art. This is all to raise money for one of my favourite charities Arts for Recovery in the Community!!! Vauxhall Industrial Estate, Reddish.

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Arc Summer Fair. June 2014.

The Tuesday afternoon pathways group decided to have a stall of our own work at the Summer Fair. I spent most of my time looking after the stall with Babs and Katya and making an origami bracelet with Yumi Parker. So, I didn’t have time to take many photos, but ‘The Other Fitzpatrick’ Lucie did, and you can see them by visiting her page or my facebook page.

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