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Friday, October 23, 2020

Matt Evans, Founder: Box of Well Nice Stuff

If you’ve been feeling the lockdown blues, a Box of Well Nice Stuff might be just what you need…!

Recently graduated Arts University Bournemouth student Matt Evans explains the story behind his recent project, which got country-wide social media users like you harnessing their inner creativity during lockdown…

HOW DID BOX OF WELL NICE STUFF BEGIN? WHAT INSPIRED IT?

After the announcement of the UK-wide lockdown due to COVID-19, an abrupt end came to most university students’ end-of-year projects. I wanted to think of an idea that could still celebrate students’ hard work whilst also getting it viewed by a larger audience who may never have a chance to see it otherwise.

SO, WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

The box was a collection of some of my favourite local artists’ work. The works were created into some awesome, unique products. We made stickers, colouring books, badges and prints. My favourite was the temporary tattoos! They allowed people to wear the artists’ work on their skin, which was quite exciting!

IS THERE A STORY BEHIND THE NAME?

The name came when I was having a conversation with a friend. They asked me about the project and what it was, and I replied, “It’s basically a box full of well nice stuff”. I thought the name was cute and personal, so it stuck!

WHAT WERE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE PROJECT?

My expectations of the project have been well and truly exceeded! I made 50 boxes hoping to send them to friends, and maybe some friends of friends. But, after a Facebook post about the box went viral, we had over 1,000 people sign up for a box in under half an hour! It was exciting to see so many people interested in an idea, thought up in my bedroom during lockdown.

WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE TO THE PROJECT LIKE?

The responses we got from the box were so nice. The project brought joy to so many people; it really felt like it cheered up those who were suffering from boredom. They just needed some cool art posted through the mailbox!

FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROCESS?

My favourite part of the whole process was the day the stock arrived. It was like Christmas! Opening up all the packages and getting to hold it all in my hands for the first time!

WHAT ARE PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF BOX OF WELL NICE STUFF?

Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to do something like it again in the future, in a bigger and better way! Art can be a massive positivity booster and a great outlet. I have loved seeing the work so far, and I can’t wait to share the creativity of others with the world!

Recipients of the boxes participated in a virtual gallery event to showcase the work. To find out more about Matt and Box of Well Nice Stuff, check out their Instagram. Visit our Art, Design & Photography section for similar local stories. And you can also follow HQB Media on all our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Katie Day
Katie is a Creative Events Management student at Arts University Bournemouth and journalist. She has experience in the field in both the UK and France. Originally from Kent, she relocated to Bournemouth for university and has been in love with it ever since. She most enjoys writing about arts, culture, and events. Currently, Katie is completing an internship with Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival (BEAF).

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