Putting the 'Text' into Textile

QT2: Week 6 – The Half Way Point!

‘Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball…If this week was in need of a soundtrack it would be Queen’s fast paced 1979 hit, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

We were, like Queen were, only a quartet this week due to illness and doctors appointments. Lacking in numbers maybe, but by jove we were not lacking in productivity! The Core Four ( Kenny, Joyce, Sheila and Anne) churned out the lettering which will adorn the central panels of the Edward Pauling Quilt.

I am full of admiration for this group. They turn up every week full of enthusiasm and if they are daunted by tasks they still have a go and end up getting great results and leave with a sense of accomplishment.  ‘Can’t’ is, after all, a four letter word!

There was no stopping Joyce, who is fast and accurate with a pair of scissors, leaving those further down in the production line fighting to keep up with the pace. The group had soon chosen the fabrics, stencilled or free drawn all the lettering, cut hem out and glued or sewn them onto the backing fabric.

Nimble fingers keep minds agile and temporarily off daily worries, stresses and strains. Aware of the approaching deadline for the finished quilt the makers found a common goal, behind which to rally. The Core Four set their artistic differences, sensory impairments and teacups aside and got down to creative business, moulding their own creative identities and taking ownership of their greater wellbeing in the process. Each member played to their strengths and in no time at all a cohesive, busy group dynamic was established, leaving me to full fill the role of tea lady and general dogsbody. Perfect!

Not thinking we would get this much achieved in one session, I will have to sign off now and get busy revamping the next workshop.

Amazing effort this week everyone, well done!

If that song is now stuck in your head… here’s the link!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM

Alex McEwan

Author: Alex McEwan

Alex is an artist who specialises in inclusive and accessible community arts projects, such as Sense's TEXTtile and Quilt Tales.

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