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Paper Birds Project

Making Space has collaborated with artist Tracey Bush and Hampshire Libraries to deliver creative workshops and craft kits to 40 Hampshire Libraries. 


Our project responds to the themes of sanctuary and arriving here from another country, through global migration, and the comforting image of a flock. Very few birds stay in the same place their whole lives. Most move to find a good food source, either so that they can raise a family or just survive. Some of these migrations are short, but many birds make truly epic journeys, crossing continents and oceans. We will work with participants in Hampshire libraries to provide workshops creating birds in colours of all nations. Our project involves papercraft, collage & illustration. The activity has been designed by renowned paper artist Tracey Bush.


Creative workshops will take place at various libraries between 18 October – 25 November

Working with experienced makers from Making Space, you will learn how to make beautiful
paper birds in response to the themes of sanctuary and migration. Each participant will create two birds that represent their heritage or simply their home, one to take
home and one to donate to a flock, which will become part of an installation in 2024.

The workshops are free and are 1 hour long. Materials included but please feel free to bring along any papers / maps / images that inspire you, or that you would like to use in your finished pieces. This event is designed for adults 18+, however children aged 7+ can attend with an adult. Participating adults cannot bring children under the age of 7 with them

Craft Kits

Craft Activity Kit will also be distributed to the following libraries. They will be free to access and you can make your own bird to take home and/or donate to the flock: 

Aldershot Library, Alresford Library, Alton Library,  Andover Library,  Basingstoke Discovery Centre,  Bishops Waltham Library,  Bordon Library, Bridgemary Library, Chandler’s Ford Library, Chineham Library, Eastleigh Library, Emsworth Library, Fareham Library, Farnborough Library, Fleet Library, Fordingbridge Library, Gosport Discovery Centre, Havant Library, Hayling Island Library, Hedge End Library, Hythe Library, Leigh Park Library, Liphook Library, Lockswood Library, Lymington Library, Netley Library, New Milton Library, Overton Library, Petersfield Library, Portchester Library, Ringwood Library, Romsey Library, Stubbington Library, Tadley Library, Totton Library, Waterlooville Library, West End Library, Whitchurch Library, Winchester Library, Yateley Library

The Activity

If you would like to make a bird at home, to keep or to donate to the flock, you can also download the instructions and templates below. 

Finished birds can be posted to Making Space, 2 Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5BN.

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