Home Sweet Home
Love crafts and something quirky?
I thought you did. Introducing home sweet home, a project by Subject to Change.
My best friend, Jane, and I were at the Southbank Centre one weekend recently during the Festival of Love. Jane knew that there was an activity going on about making a house that sounded interesting. So with our intrigued hats on we walked to the Southbank Centre from Waterloo station just before rain would begin to drizzle. There was an afternoon session for adult and children house making, but in the evening was an adult only session from 7pm so we decided to come back later.
Making a House
At this point, I should explain that when I say making a house I mean a small cardboard house to decorate. We were not cementing bricks.
When we came back just after 7 a few other people were queuing up by a hut, presumably collecting a house to build. There was a huge area in the middle of the floor with hand drawn roads and other small houses that others had decorated earlier in the day. When it came to our turn we had a few options to choose from. There was a layout of the “community” with areas colour coded for certain types of cardboard houses. Some of the bigger houses had to be purchased for either 50p or a £1 depending on which one. We decided to go for one of the simple houses for free, house numbers 209 & 210. We had to choose a plot of land, after which we were given a key. There was a contract to sign too, how cool is that! It was all very exciting stuff.
Before we entered into the creative area we were told the rules of the community:
- Shoes must be taken off
- You must walk on the roads when looking around the community for your plot of land or at other houses
- Once you have collected your house, find a space to get comfortable, then head to the supply shed for everything you need to make your house home sweet home
- You may put messages into the post box to be read out
- Song requests to the DJ can be made through the post box
- Share supplies with the whole community
- Feel free to write something on the community notice board
The staff were talking as if we were moving into a real community, which was really cool, helping everyone immerse themselves into the whole creative idea.
Jane and I found a giant beanbag to sit on close to the supply shed. We were one of the first people there so we had pretty much the full choice to supplies. Jane creative ideas were flowing as she grabbed what she wanted quickly and decisively. I, on the other hand took longer to think of what to pick and how to decorate my house. I ended up grabbing a bunch of random stuff and really making it up as I went along. Everyone was probably the same but their thought process was quicker. I chose:
- Dog paw patterned paper
- Poker dot fabric
- Blue colouring pencils
- Magic tape
- Shiny silver and red card
- Bottle tops
- Stick on numbers
- Small cardboard pot
As I said random stuff.
Moving into the community
The view of the other houses was amazing. I was peeking at the other houses already in place for creative inspiration. I worked on one side at a time, with the brick pattern taking the longest amount of time. What I ended up with was a randomly decorated house with unique features. A poker dot front door, giant house numbers, dog paw patterned roof and sides, silver and red shiny brickwork and something that is meant to pass as a chimney. Not the finest piece of art I have ever done but that wasn’t the aim of it.
Home Sweet Home to me was about random people coming together to build a community full of fun and creativity. Jane shared some of her supplies, the DJ played song requests, messages were read out, people wrote on the noticeboard, I couldn’t get googly eyes to stick on my front door, it really was all going on!
It was such a lovely evening doing something different. Being in a space to be creative and contribute to a happy experience was a good way to spend a Saturday evening.
Have you ever done something like this before?
Here are some of the photos from the community.
No need for postcards, feel free to leave a comment…