Thank you to everybody who supported the project!
After all the books were printed and posted, we managed to raise over £2000 for Crisis. This will make a serious difference to people's lives. Thank you.
Made at Home is now sold out, thought we are considering another print run. If you would be interested in pre-ordering, or have ideas for another project, please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.
We’ve all been spending a lot of time at home recently, right?
Many people have literally been making it through the last few weeks – baking and cooking, sewing and knitting, doodling and noodling… We’ve been making forts, making zines, making gardens. There has been an explosion of domestic resilience and indoor creativity.
I have never felt so lucky to have a roof over my head and a room of my own. The current crisis has reinforced how many people in the UK don’t have that. Homeless people have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus outbreak - imagine having no safe space, no refuge.
MADE AT HOME is a collaborative book project: a way to bring together all the big and small ways that we are making it through this. With the primary aim to help those in need.
The main aim of the book is to raise as much money as we can for Crisis: the national charity for homeless people. Overcrowding, rough sleeping and home insecurity will all be made worse by the coronavirus outbreak, and many more people will face homelessness as the financial situation worsens. People who are sleeping rough are more likely to suffer from respiratory conditions, and self-isolation is impossible in crowded shelters.
During the lockdown, Crisis have been working with local shelters to co-ordinate a national response, providing care packages and mobile phones to people on the streets and looking forward, putting plans in place as the quarantine continues.
Pledge £10 or more to order a copy of the book and donate to Crisis. Every supporter who pledges during the crowdfunder will have their name included in the book.
We need at least 200 pre-orders to make the book a reality. If we reach more than 200 orders, we will be able to produce the books more cheaply and donate EVEN MORE to our important cause.
If you want a copy of the book, be sure to select a reward on the right hand side of this page ➡️
The £10 reward pledge breaks down like this:
43% print costs + 24% UK postage and packing + 33% donation.
If you want to pledge more, consider ordering multiple copies for friends, or add a donation on top. Any additional money pledged will reduce overall print costs and increase the amount we can raise for Crisis.
We will be touch after 1st May to confirm delivery addresses.
Note about postage: the rewards of £10, £20 and £30 include UK postage. For international delivery please make sure to select the International Delivery rewards!
All net proceeds (after print and postage costs) will go to Crisis. Wide Open Sea (the publishers) and the contributors will not be taking any fees.
The book will be a colourful celebration of creativity from over one hundred contributors. We will showcase passionate experimentation in many forms.
The images included here give an idea of what the book will look like - but the final thing will respond to the individuality of the submissions. Each at-home maker will contribute their thoughts about creativity and the meaning of "home".
Hopefully by bringing together all these things we've been doing alone, we will share signs of resilience, raise a smile and raise a lot of money for those who need it.
Check on our instagram @wide_open_sea for examples of the amazing submissions we've had. Here's some early examples:
Elise's felt cactus
John's daily notebook
Alice's hasty blanket
Lizz's Easter hat
Maxine's painted table
Lucy's street art stickers
We are hoping to have the book ready for the beginning of June. At the moment our printers are still working as usual (with appropriate safety measures in place). If this changes, we will let you know.
We will send out all pre-ordered books as quickly as we can while observing the most current advice about going to the post office etc.