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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






Sunday, 15 April 2018

Looking for the magic in the everyday through TS Eliot a walk in Margate on March  24th 2018.

Walking with The Waste Land- An edited Photo diary of "A Treasure Trail". 













































Thank you to all who joined, participated and contributed to make this such a memorable walk.


Our next walk  'Sound and Sway' on May 5th, details  : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-and-sway-tickets-43611967569


With thanks to Anastasia Miller-Kurakin  for photography.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Walking with The Waste Land Photo-Diary - 'Mud Walking'


 On Friday the 23rd of February, members from the walking group Walking with The Waste Land and their friends conducted a walk from the Sportsman Car Park in Seasalter, near Whitstable, in Kent.





On this walk we walked to “ Mick’s post” and then experimented with some low tide mud walking, using knots in ropes to record the experience. 

We then returned to Mick’s post where we read a few poetry lines and tied a  knotted rope to Mick’s post in a symbolic ritual of the celebration of Terminus :  http://terminaliafestival.org 

Mick’s post is a white post in Seasalter which has been erected near the sea wall to indicate the boundary for the digging of bait in the estuary.
















" 'Terminalia' is such a fascinating, Pagan but completely obvious concept. liminality is a subject that has always fascinated me and also the idea of the process of changing and shift shaping. Did you know that the word 'Weird' originally meant Becoming?

it is also entirely appropriate to the concept of using Myth in the modern world, not just because of the classical references but also because in fact you are crossing boundaries through time and space  -one man all men, one woman all women, one stone all stones.
O and of course the time of year and the shifting from winter into spring."    

 Judy Dermott


The Mythic Method and the essence of Modernity,  as I understand it does not mean returning to the past but giving an understanding to the present. Through this walk and it’s connections with Terminus the Roman God who ruled over boundaries we pushed the boundaries of walking and discovered it wasn't easy!

























" Instead of narrative method, we may now use the mythic method. It is, I seriously believe, a step toward making the modern world possible for art.”

T.S. Eliot, from Ulysses, Order and Myth (1923)



















Join us on our next walk in Margate on March 24th at 2 pm
"Stories from Walking with The Waste Land" 
meeting at The Turner Contemporary in the lobby.









Thursday, 28 December 2017

Snapshots ending 2017 and a sneaky peek at projects in 2018


                               Walking San Pedro de Atacama, Chile 2017      


I have been working on several projects which will continue into 2018 including:

1. A commission with A.N.D. #my creative school 
I have been working with 10 artists selected by
A New Direction  (A.N.D.)

It has been a wonderful experience so far working with a talented group of people, bringing creativity into the delivery of the program. I am looking forward to 2018 when we will be delivering our catalyst projects in collaboration with our chosen schools.

My project is to develop a Creative Manifesto, through a Feast of Ideas.



A collaboration in "By Our own hand"a project with Richard Grayson at Matts Gallery. I have met some wonderfully creative artists and makers. 

'a mano' by hand.

it will be interesting to see how these all get put together.




In January 2018, The Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable is opening with a new approach to curating it's gallery spaces. 

Their first exhibition of the year curated by Mirka Kotulicova is titled 'LivingRoom' ands explores the idea that art is not and should not  always be comfortable. 


I will be exhibiting two pieces 'Cocoon' , a collaborative piece made with the Spanish artist Ignacio Cañete Sanchez and the second piece asks for participation on wall paper, 'Drawing Room' . 


The exhibition opens on the 13th of January.


In February 2018 Journey with The Waste Land opens at The Turner Contemporary and I'm looking forward to Walking with The Waste Land as a part of it. I hope that some of you can join us as we explore connections between Margate, TS Eliot's poem and the exhibition through walks that we devised over the last three years.

 We will be walking with our shamanic Varas (Poles) and taking you on our journey.




The Margate Bookie  also returns in May with a celebration of poetry.

I will be organising a walk with poetry titled Rhythm and Sway.








 In June  I am planning  a walk for the opening event of the Sculpture in the City Program 2018.

Hoping for some sunshine!










I am also organising a collaborative project as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival Fringe, in May 2018 with Thread and Word.






A work with a focus on migration

 asylum / exile








I am enjoying the process, exploring  the connections between all these strands working and collaborating with different groups.Thanking them for all their support and friendship and looking forward to developing the ideas and connections further in 2018.


WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.