Community Art Projects

April 2016 – My Journey

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Centre panel 90 x 70 cm (prior to framing)

A triptych commissioned by Heaton Baptist Church. The project was about making links with people who attend groups or meetings at the church, finding out how they came to be at this place. I had the dual role of running creative workshops for groups at the church and creating an artwork that would encapsulate the stories of those taking part. In the workshops, we did ‘Spiral Dyeing’ using colour symbolically to represent life journeys. I then used these fabrics as the colour palette for the appliqued artwork.

My Journey with the Artist

The triptych was unveiled on April 18th 2016 and the response was fantastic.People were surprised at the scale of the work and at how their fabrics had been incorporated into the image.

Feedback from My Journey

Really  quite  moving  to  know so  many  people  have been  involved.
It  has really  captured the essence  of  our  journey I am  AMAZED.
Your  work  is  surprising  and  made  me feel a  lot  of beautiful emotions.
I  wasn’t  sure about  this  project  before,  I  didn’t  realise  how amazing  this could  be  when finished

March 2016- Wise Birds Wise Words

Working with patients and visitors in hospital as part of the Room For You arts in health project. I was aware that often people in this ward were passing time by knitting or crocheting. So I ask participants to use their knitting and crochet skills to help create an art installation in the ward window. All the wise owls have messenger bags containing wise words written by either staff, patients or visitors.

January 2016 – St Bede’s Philosophy of Care

Another triptych and another project for Room For You. This was for the St Bede’s Hospice at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I was asked to interpret the text of the unit’s philosophy of care in textiles and with an emphasis on colour. Three different approaches to lettering are used. One panel uses appliqued letters, the second has free machine embroidered words and for the third, computer aided stitch was used. For this final panel staff, patients and visitors were asked to choose a word from the text that had resonance with them – and to select the colour in which it would be stitched.

June 2015 The Heaton Map Project

A commission from the Heaton Festival, a community engagement festival run by all the local churches. I was asked to find a way to record engagement with the festival and to run workshops to involve local people in the development of the artwork. The map was made from metre square sections of hessian that were handpainted with the street map of the festival catchment area. At workshops, participants helped to paint in roads and parks and also block printed local houses, shops, cafes  and of course the churches. On the day of the festival (sunny!) hundreds of people placed markers in the map to show where they lived, their favourite places and all the trees in the area (using a lot of green pompoms!)

2014 The Chillingham Road School Proggy Project

The school is housed in the oldest school building in the city, as part of the 120 year celebrations, I was asked to work with the children on a large scale proggy rug project to be displayed in the school entrance, completely covering an old chimney and making a tactile wall. The theme is ‘The Village School in the Heart of the City’ . Children throughout the school were asked to draw what they liked about the local area; Heaton. I then incorporated these drawings into a pictorial ‘map’ of the area, with the school at its heart. Two of the three panels are now complete and up on the wall. The children took part in an ‘after school’ Proggy club but the panels themselves have been made by parent volunteers.

Proggy at Chilli

Two Panels up, one to go!