Project unpacked

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: or watch this space for more details.

This project is supported by Age Exchange

Friday, 23 March 2012

First design meeting

A group of us met last Thursday 15th March.  The architect, Madeleine Adams suggested a possible siting for the textile.  This would be next to the lift, in a space 3.2m long x 1.2m across.  It would be visible from both floors of the library, but mainly at a distance, so the images would need to be bold and colourful.

The group then looked at images representing the various themes that had emerged from the Reminiscence session, and made an initial selection from them.  The designer, Amanda Westbury, is now going to produce an initial design for further discussion.

We also need to consider the best techniques for producing the images and backgrounds.  I will be trying some knitting techniques, and would love to hear from any experimental knitters amongst you who would like to join me.

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