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The Cosy Jumper

1st Nov 2021 31st Jan 2022

Artist Lou Chapelle with U3A St Helens and residents at Foundry Wharf explore human feelings of connection and togetherness.

Project Details
  • Collectivity
Creative Team
  • Artist: Lou Chapelle
  • Producer: Rhyannon Parry
  • Production Assitant: Rebecca Ainsworth
  • Collaborators: U3A St Helens, Torus Housing (Residents at Foundry Wharf)
  • Filmmaker: Tim Brunsden
  • Sound Artist: Laura Campbell
  • Choreographer: Stacey Atkinson
  • Poet: Scott Farlow
  • Singing Tutor and Choral Amateur: Anna Marie Newton

The Cosy Jumper is a project exploring human feelings of connections and togetherness, through knitting, poetry, sound, and movement. Artist Lou Chapelle is working with U3A St Helens and residents from Foundry Wharf on a series of workshops including arm knitting, poetry and movement sessions. In 2022 Lou will bring together collaborators creations and ideas into a final video artwork.

On a black background a pair of hands twist and knit with bright red chord.
On a black background a pair of hands twist and knit with bright red chord.
On a black background a pair of hands twist and knit with bright red chord.

The Cosy Jumper builds on Lou's previous work with Torus Housing residents and U3A St Helens.

Early in 2021, when small groups were beginning to be allowed to meet outside, Lou worked with participants on You Make Me Feel Good, a project which attempted to give form to our feelings of connection at a time when many of us were missing it. The group worked together through workshops to share ideas, draw, move and write. You Make Me Feel good ended with the making of a newspaper, bringing together those things shared in to one beautiful collective artwork. You can download your copy of the You Make Me Feel Good Newspaper via the project page.

“The workshops led to a lot of openness in people's awareness of other people and we began to be more open in ourselves. We've all listened to each other and learned something about ourselves.”

-Heald Farm Court participant

Pink pages with line drawing in white an purple. A drawing of a wool jumper with the words 'a warm hug like a coy jumper' in white writing. Drawings of people hugging and some poetry in black text.

About the artist

Lou Chapelle (aka Laurence Payot)