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King's Lynn Festival

July 15-28 2018

 

The Cloth of Kindness is a community led health and well-being textile arts project bringing together people of all ages and abilities to embroider their thoughts and experiences of kindness on individual patches which are then sewn together to make a Cloth of Kindness.  The first Cloth of Kindness was made by artist Sally-Anne Lomas for exhibition at the Burning Bush Gallery in Norfolk and was inspired by the writings of Julian of Norwich, C14th mystic famous for the phrase ‘All shall be well and all shall be well’ and the beautiful embroidered letters of Lorina Bulmer, resident in the Great Yarmouth Workhouse in the late C19th. 

 

 

Pivotal - art, writing, environment

Ways to collaborate

Saturday 25 November 2017

3.00-6.00

This workshop, run by mother and daughter Jeni Smith and Alice Finbow, was the starting point for collaborative conversations and ways to generate ideas between and across visual and text-based media. People who attended were not necessarily working already in a collaborative process, or indeed mothers ad daughters.....

 

Jeni Smith talking to mother and daughter participants, Sue and Imi Maufe.

 

 

 

Last season:

King's Lynn Festival Pop-up concert 26 July

Cellist in residence, Marcin Zdunik gave a wonderful lunch-time half-hour of cello music as a pop-up event in the gallery.

 

The Cloth of Kindness workshop, held on 30th June 2018

Sally Ann Lomas explaining the Cloth of Kindness project to a participant.

We are currently making a Cloth of Kindness for the Kings Lynn Big C Centre which will be used by cancer patients having relaxation therapy during their treatment. Our aim is to ‘enfold the world in love’ by wrapping up people having a tough time in soft warm textures sewn with words of hope and encouragement.

At Groundwork gallery we will be using recycled materials so please bring along any pieces of warm coloured plain material that are washable for us to use.  We particularly love including materials that have a special emotional resonance – maybe from a piece of clothing that conjures up memories of happy times, special occasions, or much loved people.

A few examples of new patches made at the workshop.

The sewing skills needed to participate are basic and easily learnt.  Sewing workshops bring people into a supportive community. Sewing is a low energy, creative activity open to everyone and the focus on kindness is uplifting.

We are currently making a Cloth of Kindness for the Kings Lynn Big C Centre which will be used by cancer patients having relaxation therapy during their treatment. Our aim is to ‘enfold the world in love’ by wrapping up people having a tough time in soft warm textures sewn with words of hope and encouragement.

At the Groundwork gallery we will be using recycled materials so please bring along any pieces of warm coloured plain material that are washable for us to use.  We particularly love including materials that have a special emotional resonance – maybe from a piece of clothing that conjures up memories of happy times, special occasions, or much loved people.

Pivotal - art and writing workshop with Jeni Smith and Alice Finbow

The workshop introduced a number of ways in which artists / writers could collaborate on projects. Mother and Daughter relationships are tricky at the best of times, however Jeni Smith and Alice Finbow took this to a new level by working collaboratively on a project on a remote Finnish Island. What they learnt from this process has been turned in to an artist’s book, Pivotal, but the learning is still happening!

Jeni Smith and Alice Finbow reading from Pivotal, their book about their residency in Finland

Collaborations within the arts have been going on since time began, but understanding how the work is created can at times seem veiled and difficult to understand when collaborative outcomes can often feel effortless. Who made what? What conversations were had? Were the expectations and hopes of both parties realised? It is a complex process, even finding the right person to collaborate with can feel like an impossible task at times!

This workshop acted as the starting point for collaborative conversations and ways to generate ideas between and across visual and text-based media. It involved storytelling, writing, photography (using camera phones) and was punctuated by gales of laughter. Dr Jenifer Smith and Alice Finbow gave a reading and slide show from their collaborative project Pivotal.

 

Previous events

Saturday 28 October 2017: Fire and Ice: The Art of Climate Change

This event has been fully recorded and can be found in its own section under Projects and Campaigns.

 

Summer 2017

King's Lynn Festival

The exhibition Bird after Bird formed a very appropriate setting for  a wonderful pop-up concert one afternoon, organised by King's Lynn Festival. Flautist Annabel Knight played bird-related music to an enthralled audience.  Look out for another pop-up event in the course of being planned for 2018.  http://www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk/