As our homes become cluttered with a whole range of objects, referred to as a state of ‘peak stuff’, more of us want to buy less and make the most of the items we already have.
‘Our current obsession with ‘Upcycling’ has less to do with scarcity but more to do with consumption fatigue linked with a desire to regain a physical connection with our stuff that is inherent in handmade and repurposed items.’ – Alison, The Goodlife Centre
Craft activities, such as knitting, have been brought back to life as a result of the many untrained people with a passion and enthusiasm choosing the ‘Have a go’ attitude of a ‘Fixpert’. Pubs, cafes and knitting shops (!) are even hosting support groups to help teach to each other and have fun.
‘Fixperts are quick, nimble resourceful, artful and clever. Everything we all want to be. Bodging is an intelligent, creative and economical response to a situation that needs attention. We don’t mend things because we can’t get new things. We mend things because we can’ says Alison.
The Goodlife Centre is an independent learning space situated in Southwark, Central London. They offer practical boutique workshops in DIY, Home Maintenance, Decorating, Upholstery, Woodwork & Carpentry, Furniture Upcycling & Restoration and various traditional hand Crafts.
Practical ‘hands on’ workshops provide an opportunity for you to gain new skills and enjoy expanding your confidence and abilities. The classes are intended to teach skills to beginners and are not as trade training courses, and there are no tests so as you can just relax and enjoy learning.