Monday 4 January 2016

Charlie's design collaboration with Emmaus

Charlie in the workshop

My name is Charlie Manthorp and I am a second year student from Manchester Metropolitan University studying Three Dimensional Design. For the next few months I will be carrying out a collaborative project with the companions at Emmaus Mossley. I will write short blog posts that will be posted on the Emmaus website as well as my own WordPress blog to provide updates on the progress of the project.

I found Emmaus and the great work it does for the community during a pervious project. I became very aware, through the creation and eviction of the ARK homeless shelter on Oxford road, of the critical homeless situation in Manchester. The project criticised society’s ignorance to homelessness providing hidden messages of the personality and humanity of homeless individuals that I talked to during the project. It was through this research that I talked to multiple charities within the city, one being Emmaus.

One of the main reasons that I wanted to work with Emmaus specifically is this description:

"Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it, in an Emmaus community. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.”

I think that a major factor of rehabilitation is an allowance of this time in which people can gain social and practical skills. The other major reason being the creativity that the charity champions through its emphasis on repairing and making.

To learn how Emmaus works day to day I have been volunteering at Emmaus Mossley. I have taken on many different roles from sales assistant to workshop producer to scrap metal dealer. As well as the charity on a whole, the work also allowed me to get to know the companions more personally. I was greatly inspired by their work ethic, kindness, and willingness to get on board with my project.

The brief for the project is to; work collaboratively to produce a series of objects that deal with and express the identity of Emmaus companions.

The next step for the project will be planning the creative sessions, trying to draw on things by which the companions would identify themselves and/or others would identify them by. These could be products, imagery, phrases or nicknames. I will post another blog when these sessions are underway with photos of our progress.

Many thanks for reading,

Charlie Manthorp

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