STITCH looks at the ways fabric, pattern needlework and embroidery shape people’s lives. Working with different groups, we were together able to break down social and cultural barriers and bring very different groups of people together – people who might otherwise never meet, in fact. We worked with Muslim women in Wandsworth and the Royal School of Needlework, faith groups in Harlesden and the V&A Museum. Click here to view a film made by photographer Monical Alcazar during our workshops in Harrow.
We’re currently exploring ways of taking the project further and doing more work with elderly and isolated older people – in particular with the Elders’ Project at the Masbro Centre, Hammersmith, London.
We’ve run the following activities during STITCH:
– The British Sari Story, a competition in 2007 (the 60th anniversary of Indian independence) to create a British version of the sari.
– A Stitch in Time. Women of different ages embroidered panels about their lives. We created a giant wall hanging which went on display at The Gallery At Willesden Green. Here’s a short film about the project.
– Stitch Wandsworth. In partnership with the Royal School of Needlework. we worked with groups of Muslim and non-Muslim women across London, studying traditional embroidery and creating new work. Filmmaker Monica Alcazar recorded a session in Harrow on YouTube. Here are photographs of Restart 50+, a group of retired Bangladeshi women from Tooting, visiting the V&A. Here are women from the Katherine Lowe Settlement, Battersea, visiting the Royal School of Needlework’s collection at Hampton Court Palace.