Re-Fab Showcase

On May 19th 2016, Soft Touch opened its doors to showcase the fantastic work created by participants of the RE-FAB project.

RE-FAB is an upcycling, skill-based project which teaches unemployed young people aged between 14-25 how to make funky furniture, household and fashion items out of recycled materials such as pallets, old desks, reclaimed fabrics and much more.

Weekly Tuesday sessions, led by arts worker Kieran Walsh worked towards producing a range of items ready for the first showcase event.

The exhibition enabled families and friends of the participants, as well as some of our business supporters to come and take a look at the fantastic work that had been created, and give the young people valuable feedback about their work.

One of our business supporters MNE Accounting treated guests to a free lunch in our sMASHing Thursday pop-up café.   It was a great event and there will be further events throughout the year.

See our comments and feedback from guests below!

Comments and quotes from guests:

“Absolutely love this project! Planters, bench, guitar shelf, slide lamp – all my faves.” (prices offered)

“This is fantastic – well done! Great gifts. Why not contact Creative Leicestershire for business support.”

“Love all of this work, would defo buy it from a shop! J Love the hand lamp and the table, very creative and I would definitely buy it.”
“Brill J Great crafty ideas.”

“Very stylish and professional. Lovely work – love the shelves and wooden art creations!”

“Excellent café and works are so amazing and very effective.”

“James’s wall art is a beautiful piece of work. If it was produced on canvas I would buy it for my home. Well done, great talent”

“Excellent artwork display – keep up with the good work. You guys have skills that would help you all in your lives. The bench is looking really wonderful.”

“Excellent exhibition. Excellent food. Excellent staff. Excellent venue. I will be coming again!”

“Your work is innovative, clever and beautiful. Lunch was lovely – will spread the word. You should all be proud of your achievements.”

“I love the pallet stuff, so funky and contemporary! I think James’s piece on the four seasons would make a great massive outdoor mural. The guitar shelf is sweet. I enjoyed coming here to see this work.”

“Love the book lamp: really imaginative and very attractive. I can imagine this retailing well. Guitar looks fantastic too, perfect knick-knack shelf. The bread bin is perfect! Amazed by the imagination of everyone. Congratulations!”

“Amazing talent in an amazing venue. I WANT the lamp! Thanks also for the free food!”

“Great food and amazing pieces of work! Thank you Soft Touch to support it to make it happen. Congratulations!”

“I love the stool – it is pure and simple in design (price offered). I also really like the lamps especially the one made from photographic slides (price offered). It’s great. I also like the hanging shelves (price offered). I would buy any of the above items.”

New weekly RE-FAB sessions starting 14 June at Soft Touch, Tuesdays 1-3.    Why not refer a young person who is currently unemployed?

new refab flyer




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