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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Looking forward to Hazelfest on May 20th hope to see some of you there.

Thread and Word at The Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018

Highlighting the campaign by The Refugee Tales for an end to the unlimited detention of asylum seekers and refugees in the U.K.

Three days  at The Putney Pantry with Thread and Word


Birds cut out and sent by artist and quilt maker Maggy Rodd from Broadstairs
The event gave us the opportunity to engage in conversations with visitors to the Putney Pantry and also to collaborate with individuals and groups who had chosen to come and support us. 









 Day 1 Monday 

The artist
Elainna Arkeooll arrived with her beautiful embroidered pieces.



These pieces contain the prologue to the Refugee Tales.











setting up outside











  A shirt embroidered by Myra Vasdekys placed on a gate at the entrance to St Mary's Church Putney.













 Creating  a temporary installation which is recreated each day in a slightly different way. 









  




The textile artist Janet Gilbert  from Nottingham spent two days working with us. 



















Janet brought her own samples of cut out birds and also her own printed textile materials to add to the process.

































Day 2 Tuesday

























A visit from members of the London Guild of spinning weaving and embroidery


The Prologue from The Refugee Tales























Day 3 Wednesday

Artist Nicola Weir's work arrives from Edinburgh
 

Daniel Doherty from The Putney Social
A visit from Brenda Jenkins representing the Gatwick detainee Welfare group bringing leaflets about The refugee Tales.
Brenda stitched one of Janet Gilbert's beautiful textile prints.


Jane Morley giving us hope



and so now looking forward to Hazelfest  on May 20th with Thread and Word




























Thread and Word will be open to the public and will invite participation in a collaborative sewing event with a focus on a call for an end to unlimited detention of asylum seekers and refugees in the U.K.

Thread and Word is a collaborative group set up by the artist Elspeth (Billie) Penfold. 

For more about Elspeth’s work :


The group Thread and Word has used walking and textiles to bring together people who welcome the opportunity to take part in collaborative events highlighting social issues and sharing stories. 

More about this work can also be found on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThreadandWord/


For Thread and Word at WAF participants will be given materials to stitch together using outlines of birds . All materials will be supplied and there is no requirement to have any prior knowledge of stitching or embroidery.


The project will be linked with Refugee Tales , please follow this link to find out more about http://refugeetales.org 





Sunday, 6 May 2018

Virginia Fitch performs from Pruffock

'Sound and Sway'  A photo diary

A Walk for the Margate Spring Bookie 2018 


Thread and Word
at the Turner Contemporary
With thanks to:

The Margate Bookie team headed up by Andreas Loizou,

Jennifer Deakin (photography),

Sonia Overall (creativity, writing, walking),
Virginia Fitch (performance),
 Simon Cole (performance introducing 'Lookers and Watchers),

  Turner Contemporary for hosting
Bibliocartomancy with Sonia Overall
Andreas with Elspeth (Billie)
A game of chance with Eliot's verse


 A big thank you to all to our fellow walkers who joined us for a sunny walk.

                                                  "On Margate Sands
          connecting nothing with nothing "




Listening to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring,

followed by a simultaneous group reading

using random extracts of The Waste Land 

Sonia Overall, poetry






On Margate Sands



 Join us on our next walk, part of the Whitstable Biennale 2018 Satellite program:

A Long Walk to Nowhere 


- exploring displacement, disorientation and negotiation through mud walking and craft,

 June 9th free but ticketed on Eventbrite, details in the Satellite 2018 program

with :

Kate Monson

and
Simon Cole, Lookers and Watchers
 
Lookers and Watchers


(not in a gallery) 

exploring what happens when you take art  for a walk in the mud.

  

    Our journey starts here.

Friday, 20 April 2018


Thread and Word working to support The Refugee Tales at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe and beyond. 

         
    This event supports the campaign to end the unlimited detention of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

The title Thread and Word originates from a poem written by the chilean artist and eco poet Cecilia Vicuña.          

Thread and Word event at WAF 2018           

Thread and Word will be open to the public and will invite participation in a collaborative sewing event with a focus on the 2018 Walk and stories from the  Refugee Tales .



Work in progress by Debbie


The group Thread and Word has used walking and textiles to bring together people who welcome the opportunity to take part in collaborative events highlighting social issues and sharing stories. 



Myra Vasdekys finds expression for her birds
Helen Read ' s cheeky creations




More about this work can also be found on the Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/ThreadandWord/


 We will be at the Putney Pantry at St Mary’s Church May 7th, 8th and 9th from 10 am - 3 pm


http://www.putneypantry.com

with thanks to the Putney Parlour and Berni Griffiths for hosting.


For Thread and Word at WAF participants will be given materials to stitch together using outlines of birds . All materials will be supplied and there is no requirement to have any prior knowledge of stitching or embroidery.


The event will be used to highlight the work and 2018 walk organised by  Refugee Tales, an organisation which is
campaigning for an end unlimited 
detention for asylum seekers in the UK. 




Please follow this link to find out more and book for the walk: http://refugeetales.org/the-walk-of-2018/


A selection of contributors :

With thanks to all the artists and friends and community groups who have given so willing of their time and donated materials and provided inspiration for  for this event  which has grown beyond the initial idea which started last November, these include:




Memorarte , Arpilleras Urbanas, Santiago Chile


Myra Vasdekys (Chiswick) for birds

The Work and Play Scrapstore (Tooting) for Materials




Jennifer Deakin (Canterbury) for materials and  birds

Elaina Arkeool (Hammersmith)

Rita Pagnoni (Merton) birds



The Garden Gate project Cliftonville Margate stitched birds by community members




Further dates for your diary, should you wish. to help and support us :


             May 20th Hazelfest see attached poster 1- 5 pm where we are running a workshop stitching the birds and making ropes and talking about the campaign by The Refugee Tales






                   May 22nd A workshop at The Work and Play Scrapstore   from 1pm - 4 pm   (also on the Hazelhurst Estate) with thanks to Sascha and the team for hosting us, to assemble a banner for Processions 2018 .
                                         https://www.workandplayscrapstore.org.uk 


              June 9th in Tankerton as Part of the Whitstable Biennale Satellite program , 'A Long Walk to Nowhere' 
               a workshop stitching birds, making ropes and then some experimental mud walking in the Estuary. More details to follow as the final details are just being added to the brochure.


                  June 10th two events - Processions 2018. note Text and Textiles are at the heart of this project.
                                            support us as we march and carry our banner for The Refugee Tales,
                                     https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/processions/ 

                                                             Unity Day at the Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Fest organised by Elaina Arkeool
                                                               10 a.m.- 5 p.m a stall.in Ravenscourt Park, exhibiting our birds and the work we are doing on behalf of The Refugee Tales campaign.
                                      http://www.hf-artsfest.com/events/unity-day 





I will be updating this blog with further work as it is made made and our banner starts to materialise