Social inclusion through art.
Paperworks employs marginalised people to manufacture stationery, recycle textiles and seed tiles from locally harvested plant fibre. To foster social inclusion for disadvantaged people, they also host social papermaking workshops.
Funds raised: $20,645
Paperworks pitched at The Funding Network in Canberra in June 2016 and raised $20,645 to employ a studio coordinator, who is central to supporting and training its artisans plus delivering workshops.
'I keep coming back to Paperworks because it's an adventure every time I come in. I love being challenged, learning new stuff, handling new techniques like making paper... feeling the pulp is my favourite part of making paper. Working hard is the best part of an adventure!'
With the funds raised, the communities of Paperworks and Canberra immediately reaped the benefit. Artisans from marginalised communities and other workshop participants had supervision and support; Paperworks could continue its textile to paper recycling operation and, with this new wage certainty, a fresh project called Paper & the Works could be established in collaboration with the Green Shed in early 2017.
Paperworks now source, repackage and redistribute arts and crafts materials and equipment otherwise headed to landfill. Goods are on-sold to artists, hobbyists, parents and students at very low prices, starting at 50 cents. Proceeds of sales help fund the wages of Paperworks artisans and the adventure of renewal and support continues. Everybody is valued: everybody can contribute.
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