Creativity and Wellbeing week: RAMM’s latest pattern-themed image releases

RAMM is releasing an exciting new batch of pattern-themed images into the public domain to celebrate Creativity and Wellbeing week, and we can’t wait for you to use them!

About RAMM’s Open Access Strategy

An exciting partnership between RAMM and the GLAM-E (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) Lab at the University of Exeter is helping to ensure the museum’s incredible collections are available for use by everyone, copyright free. This joint initiative has overseen the development of RAMM’s Open Access Strategy, which aims to make the museum’s public domain collections available to people all over the world, whether for research or sheer enjoyment. RAMM is proud to be just the 9th UK cultural institution to adopt open access for all digital collections, and we are delighted to be able to share the benefits with you. Our Open Access Strategy hopes to promote free and creative expression, so for Creativity and Wellbeing week, RAMM is releasing a special new batch of textile-themed images which you can use as templates to create your own beautiful garments.

About Creativity and Wellbeing week

Creativity and Wellbeing week is run by London Arts in Health and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The festival began in 2012 and went national for the first time in 2019, allowing thousands more people across the UK to participate in culture and creative activities. Supporting both organisations and individuals, the festival promotes creative activities which boost wellbeing.

Any and all art forms are encouraged, and events can be held in clinical settings, cultural buildings or in the community. Whatever and wherever events are held, the main aim is to widen access to participation in cultural activities which improve health or wellbeing. This is the perfect week to get crafty and try something new while creating something lasting.

How to get involved and unleash your creativity

We highlighted nature at RAMM for World Wildlife Day, and now we’re sharing some fabulous patterns for you to have a go at recreating for Creativity and Wellbeing week. Whether you’re a seasoned sewist, an embroidery enthusiast or a knitting novice, there’s something to suit every ability and taste.

Are you always on the hunt for stylish yet authentic vintage clothing? Well why not skip the thrifting and do the sewing yourself! With RAMM’s new batch of images, you’ll have access to a mini-library of inspiration, complete with original directions for all kinds of patterns including Vogue shorts and Regency embroidery. We warmly invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to use these resources for free for the first time ever! So, what are you waiting for? Rewind, relax, and please share your wonderful creations with us on social media by tagging RAMM.

Browse the patterns

1930s ‘Water nymph’ Bathing Suit

‘Let unimportant things be’ cross-stitch

Regency-era embroidery

1940s Crochet shopping bag

close up of a cover of a 1940s pattern magazine showing a line drawing of someone wearing long shorts

1940s Vogue knickers

Regency-era embroidery

a crochet basket and ball of yarn

Crochet basket

1800s Cross-stitch flowers

Crochet accessories

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