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.
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