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

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Meeting Thursday 31st May

Well, we've all had a while to think about the design now, and overall the feedback has been very positive.   People liked the dynamism of the images, and the way they flow down the piece.  We're also trying to get our heads around the size of each of the elements - big and just a tad daunting!

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.]

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