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Wall of creativity developed by owner of Crafty Betty, London Road carpark, Newark, to bring community together




A wall of creativity has been developed in Newark to bring the community together through rough times.

Its creator Michelle Baker, owner of Crafty Betty in London Road carpark, said she was inspired to start the wall after a visit to the coast.

Michelle saw a WI group had pinned knitted flowers to some fencing, which made her smile during a difficult time.

Owner of Crafty Betty Michelle Baker has created The Wall of Creativity that is just outside her shop. Credit: 280920DD5-2
Owner of Crafty Betty Michelle Baker has created The Wall of Creativity that is just outside her shop. Credit: 280920DD5-2

The wall’s contributions include a colourful garland, fabric flowers and knitted insects that provide visual delight on walking past.

“I put a plea out on social media for crafters to sew, knit, crochet or craft some items to go on the wall,” said Michelle.

“I asked for flowers, leaves, bumble bees, butterflies and birds and it has attracted a lot if interest so far. People from far and wide have been sending handmade items to me.

The beautiful handmade additions to the Wall of Creativity. (42639910)
The beautiful handmade additions to the Wall of Creativity. (42639910)

“I had really missed not running the Crochet Knit & Natter session during lockdown and I thought how lovely it would look at Crafty Betty.”

Michelle thought she would make use of the plain brick wall outside her shop as she is also creating an outside area for refreshments.

She said: “It would bring the community together and create a piece of art that people could contribute to and be proud of.

“The other week a parcel arrived from Essex with some lovely crocheted flowers for the wall and a card saying I had inspired them to start crocheting again, which was a lovely gesture.

The beautiful handmade additions to the Wall of Creativity. (42639908)
The beautiful handmade additions to the Wall of Creativity. (42639908)

“Every time I am outside pinning something new, passers-by comment on how lovely it is and to keep doing what I am doing for the community.

“It’s great that is is encouraging people to get creative after a period of such uncertainly for everyone.”

Michelle is welcoming more contributions to The Wall of Creativity.



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