Open Air Open House Credits

(Post by Dani Ahrens, Reblogged from

Picture1This is an attempt to thank all the people who made the Open Air Open House possible. A thousand apologies in advance to anyone I forget. Please comment with any corrections and I will amend the list.

In no particular order…

Clive made the wooden frames, rescuing the project from potential disaster. Check out his Engineering Futures project –

Helen helped with loads of sewing, good sense, ideas and inspiration. Here’s a fabby project she worked on earlier –

Boo, Jackie and Sarah of Space Place were gracious hosts for all our sewing, pinning and plotting. Space Place is a fantastic community initiative for the people of Hanover – see their page at

Simon, Tess, Morwenna and Jonah made the open house event in Scotland Street a great success and were stalwarts every week, shifting walls, laying out the red thread, making cakes, driving the van and supplying the famous zebra crossing. Simon’s thought-provoking write-up of the open house project is at

Pam made delicious scones and cakes and supplied the spots for the giant ladybird.

Steve was always there with the keys to the Hanover Centre when needed. His knowhow with hinges and sandbags made sure the walls stood up, even in the Coleman Street gales.

The Hanover Community Association were extremely generous with storage space, lent the essential astroturf,  and helped in thousands of other ways.  A community centre is an immeasurably precious thing. Join their facebook group at

Alexia contributed several brilliant ideas and was another completely reliable volunteer, turning out every week in a succession of fabulous hats.

Fiona made a whole section of ladybird, patching together old coats, jumpers and cushions with her own crochet. Check out her lost mittens project at

Pearl lent her sewing machine and sewing skills, to help create both the ladybird and the green landscape pieces, and was there to hold the fort when we needed her.

Leo, Benji, Tialys, Lula, Pearl, Morwenna, Sian, Daniel and Jonah demonstrated beautifully how quickly traffic-free streets can become playgrounds.

Sarah came to the rescue with her knitting machine, contributing a section of the ladybird all the way from East Hoathly.

Tammy helped with the preparations and with setting up for the Flashmob Gallery.

Rachel and Ralph were there just at the right moment in Coleman Street.

The Resource Centre was invaluable for printing and laminating, and kindly lent the sandbags that stopped the walls falling on our heads. We are lucky to have such a useful community resource in our neighbourhood –

Rachel’s artistic vision brought the whole thing together beautifully.  She took time out from her own work at short notice to reinvigorate the project with loads of ideas and commitment.

Shabitat kindly lent chairs, tables and cushions to furnish our ‘living room’ and make it a welcoming space for passers by to create art.

The Green Centre donated red fabric and yarn for the ladybird –

Emmaus donated loads of beautiful green fabric to help make patchwork landscapes –

Allie put planets in position all over town on her way to work each Sunday, and never even saw the house in action.

Hanover Action for Sustainable Living contributed some cash, for the things we couldn’t beg, borrow or steal –

Maureen, Sue and Kitty pinned and stitched, and provided much-needed good cheer when it all looked a bit overwhelming

The residents of Southover Street, Coleman Street, Scotland Street and Beaufort Terrace were generally very cheerful about us popping up outside their houses. Everybody who stopped by for a cup of tea, decorated a frame or made a tile helped to create the house – it was a collective artwork.

I’m Dani. I coordinated, planned, pestered, worried, measured, turned up and lugged stuff about. I came up with the idea in the first place and it was so lovely to see it come to life, thanks to the combined efforts of all these people.

 Thanks, everyone!

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