We set up craft connects as a means to bring together people from military and civilian communities. Since 2008, retired British Army Gurkhas from Nepal have had the right to settle in the UK and as more Gurkha veterans and their families arrived in the borough of Rushmoor, tensions resulted within the wider community. Our instinct was that making would provide a route into engaging the most people from the widest variety of backgrounds: craft has traditions in every world culture with processes, materials, tools and designs recognisable across barriers of language, culture or religion. The Ministry of Defence funded this year-long project though the Hampshire Community Covenant and we set up a series of craft-based residencies working with over 50 partners ranging from the Military Wives’ Choir to a Nepalese knitting group.
Visit the craft connects blog for further information.