Since January we’ve been fortunate to have a group of graduates from Birmingham city university extend our fantastic team through an internship scheme. Bringing their diverse pool of skills and talents as well as their hopes and dreams for their careers, the Hub interns have significantly enhanced our community with their ideas, passions, and energy over their first three weeks with us. 

For their first week, we set them a one-week creative brief for them to use their own skills and talents to produce their own personal interpretation of Impact Hub Birmingham, it’s role in the city and what they could bring to mix to further enhance the mission. Each week we will be sharing their perspectives as well as the work our interns they have produced in their first week, 

This week we have Amarah Simms, graduate in Textile Design, sharing her interpretation of Impact Hub Birmingham.

The community needs creative work

which makes you stop for a moment and think…


Creating my own interpretation of the Hub caused me to reflect upon my first week there and why a space like this is so important to the city; not only because of the space, but because of all the members that make up the Hub too.

I made 3 concept boards which represented my first week, beginning with how nervous I was to start here. Coming into a new environment with a number of people that I don’t know left me feeling as though I was walking on egg shells. However, it didn’t take me long to settle in, and having a mixture of 16 interns all from BCU gave us all an immediate connection, putting me at ease. Everyone, including the members of the Hub, seemed to bond over a hot drink of tea or coffee, which was indicative of the Hub starting up in an actual coffee shop.

Documenting this through textiles made me realise just how beneficial it is to have a place like this in the heart of Birmingham. It is a social, creative place which encourages self-development and works towards Birmingham being a better place.

My occupying concept boards represent the idea of connection and support – you will find a number of pieces which link and hold together to represent this idea of bonding. There are also some unexpected textures which look soft by eye, but have a different feel when touched. This symbolises the idea how every day at the Hub is different and the unexpected can happen at any time. There’s always a different event on and interesting discussions which perhaps makes you question your way of life.

I feel like the community needs creative work which makes you stop for a moment and think…maybe to look at things in a different way, or to look inside oneself and wonder how you can make a positive change in the community.

This brings me to my last point – what I would like to do in the Hub. I am very interested in well-being as it is an important factor in everyday life. The Hub generates this through providing togetherness, open and harmonious interiors and a place where everyone is accepted regardless of wealth or social status. Using my textile skills to promote and market the Hub feels like I am doing my bit to get this great place noticed.

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Amy McCranor

Amy McCranor

Hi! I'm Amy, a Fashion Design and Communication graduate from Birmingham City University. Talk to me about fashion, art, writing and veganism :)