We are creating a textile artwork for permanent display in the new Blackheath Community Library & Reminiscence Space when it reopens later this year. We are working on a design that captures the history of 11 Blackheath Village, and what it has meant to users and residents, as it moves forward into this new phase.
Key images will be fitted into a design that can be constructed out of individually crafted pieces, using knitting, applique, embroidery and other techniques. These will then be brought together to make the complete picture.
Training and support will also be provided, and there will be opportunities to create, whatever your skills and experience. If you'd like to join us, email me: email@example.com or watch this space for more details.
This project is supported by Age Exchange www.age-exchange.org.uk
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
Amanda trying to get a view of what it will look like when its hanging up!
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Saturday, 2 June 2012
The full size of the design, at 1.2 x 3.2 m is so big that we couldn't display it as a piece, but had to look at the two halves separately. But it did give us a real feel for how big it will be, and
We also discussed the colours that should be used, and concluded that there will be a place for most colours. This is a big piece of work and it needs to be bold and colourful. We are hoping to use mainly recycled and donated materials, so if you have an odd ball of yarn, or scrap of plain fabric that you can't find a use for, we would be very pleased to give it a home.
So how far did we get? Individuals have started to say which shapes they are interested in - the tree and birds, the dress, the bear, the basket and cakes to go in it, the Reminiscence Centre porch, finding knitting patterns for the edging and the sweets. There really is something for everyone: smaller shapes that one person can do, like the birds, or the dress, very small elements like the sweets that lots of people might want to do one or two of, and larger elements like the Reminiscence Centre itself, which will be the work of several people. Amanda will be back on Thursday 14th June to continue this process of looking at the individual shapes and seeing how they could be made, and who is interested in doing them. In the meantime, the Knitting Group will be meeting as usual on Thursday 7th, 1.30 - 3.30 pm.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
There were a few suggestions for changes that I've sent to Amanda the designer, who hopes to have them incorporated by the end of the week. The main issues were around the size of the basket and the lack of children. We also suggested that the not very memorable back of the Bakehouse be replaced by the well loved garden.
So the next, and probably most difficult stage, is to work out how it is best to produce the elements of the design, given the size of the group and its talents. I think these issues have been bubbling away underneath for me, and several others, so I think the next meeting with Amanda, on Thursday 31 May at 2 pm in the Bakehouse, should be very productive.
I know Thursday afternoons are not very useful to those who are working, but I could arrange a meeting for a Saturday if there are enough people interested and able to come then.
It would be really useful to know how many people are willing and able to take part in the project, so that we can make sensible decisions on how to proceed with the design. So please let me know if you think you will be able to help at all, and if you are interested in a Saturday meeting. You can email me here Thanks for your interest.
[Apologies to anyone who has tried to email me through this blog, I had put in the wrong address, now amended.]
Thursday, 12 April 2012
The long list of themes that came out of the initial reminiscence session was Museum, Shop, Café, Exhibitions, Garden, Computer Suite, Theatre, Bakehouse, Reminiscence Training, History of the Building and the Village. Some of these were easier to find striking images to represent than others.
On 15th March we looked through a lot of possible images and came up with a short list. You can see most of them here Original Images
These are the original colour images that Amanda then used to simplify into outline drawings. These drawings can been seen here Sketches.
Amanda has now put some of these sketches together into an initial design for the whole piece, which you can see here Design.
Obviously, these are just shapes at this stage. These are Amanda's thoughts on how some of them might be achieved:
"I am imagining that some of the items are 3D (such as the teddy, people,kite), some of the parts are appliqued (the string and bows of the kite,Waylands signature) and some parts are printed onto canvas (the musical score).
"The border around the image is taken from the lace, that was on the cloth that used to be drapped above the black stove in the shop (could this be a crochet element?) in the design it is supposed to represent the lace edge of a table cloth, so if coloured in the edging background of the design could be red with white dots, like the table clothes that used to be in the cafe."
Now we need to look at the design from two points of view - does it include the main elements that we want, and how can each element can be made in practice. That's quite a lot to think about! All comments are welcome, and I will contact you soon about the next stage.