Over the half term we teamed up with Central Saint Martins for fun co-design with local young people. And their ideas will influence the design of a ‘parklet’ aka a Somers Town “History Space”. This is part of the Phoenix Rd Greening project with Camden Council.
The children were asked to research, design and build a parklet for Somers Town. They came up with some amazing and innovative ideas.. a selfie frame (#selfie), recycling water to water the mini gardens as well as bug hotels.
Iris suggested we create posts – inspired by the washing poles and finials in the St Pancras flats to hold posters or flags on local activism and social and political activism.
It was interesting to see how the children and young adults interpreted the history of Somers Town, their current interests and knowledge of the world, and made it into something fun, imaginative and useful.
We also continued our on-going collaboration with Joygun Neher, of Woven Together.
Woven together will be one of the first art pieces in our museums, and is an example of the mixed cultures within Somers Town. Names can you tell so much about where you are from, your family and your culture… The children (and adults) were asked to make their names out of … and thread. The names will be displayed together.
The sun joined us for the first two days and there were number of collages, paintings and lots and lots of glue. The end results were great and have made us think about more about the future of Somers Town!