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There are many benefits to public art in our city centres, and this article looks at why it's important that we continue to put funding into this activity for the good of people within our society.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.


Almost every high street these days has the same shops – a Starbucks, a Game, a John Lewis and so on. This means that a lot of towns have lost their character, with similarities appearing everywhere and not much in the way of them being individual. When places lose their character, their uniqueness, it means that people start to care less about their community, and that is when those who are struggling in society are cut adrift. Public art – pieces such as mistrals or statues – can nip this problem in the bud by ensuring each town centre is unique.

City Centres Are More Attractive

Of course, if you put art in a public space and that art is attractive then it makes the space more so as well. Consequently people will want to spend more time there, and while they are in the city centre there is every chance they will spend time shopping and putting money back into the economy.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Artists Get A Different Canvas

Not every type of art is suited to being in a museum, with larger sculptures or skylars not really being appropriate for being indoors. Consequently artists need to have somewhere for their art to reside, and somewhere for that art to be seen by a lot of people. City centres seem to fit the bill on both accounts, with many able to walk past a piece of art on their daily routine.

Social Benefits

Some art – like graffiti – is considered to be rebellious and anti-community by some people. However, graffiti artists – and this is a huge generalisation – tended to come from more troubled backgrounds and by giving them somewhere to display their art they will feel more included in the community. Art isn't always about creating something that's visibly appealing, very often it's about creating something that challenges our assumptions and graffiti can often do this in new and interesting ways.

As you can see there are many types of art that are appropriate for the city centres and many reasons why we need to have art there, from the aesthetic angle to the social ones. But the art doesn't just stop with new uses of space, many buildings can be considered to be artistic to.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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