TEXTtile Project: #Cclasses No.3

Collaged connecting classes logo blue paint background with cut out white lettering.
Collaged connecting classes logo blue paint background with cut out white lettering.

#Cclasses No.3

Today is our third, and final, Connecting Classes workshop. Connecting classes, (#Cclasses), is a teaching method mostly, thus far, used in university settings but we like to keep it fresh and try new things so we have inserted three short classes into our already jam packed 10 week TEXTtile book project programme!

By gamely agreeing to take part our elderly makers are breaking new ground and having valuable input to the direction of future community arts and wellbeing projects.  I admire their seemingly endless ‘have a go’ attitude, they are truly inspirational. We would love you to join in, so please tweet or leave a comment on the blog – it all adds to the conversation.

Today’s topic? The role of the blog, (and for us, that is this blog), in community arts and wellbeing projects. Is it relevant for older people with sensory impairments? How is it used? What could be done better and how? How does the blog make you feel about the project? How do your friends and family feel about the blog?

Today, we will be reading or listening to the last blog post about the TEXTtile project. https://blog.sense.org.uk/2016/05/26/texttile-chapter-5-play-with-your-food-its-fun/ Using the Sense iPads and iPad minis, our makers will have one to one support to watch / listen and anonymously tweet their thoughts on the short video clip. We will be capturing and tweeting audio clips of reactions, have help on hand in the form of scribers and help with the unfamiliar tech.

By exploring innovative methods of communication and discussing topics around community arts projects with the most important people, the makers themselves,  I hope to merge mutually beneficial teaching practices in both Higher Education (HE) and Community Arts learning environments.

The idea of #Cclasses is to ask participants to watch / listen / read to a short clip of footage / soundbite or piece of writing and respond to it on twitter starting a conversation with fellow participants in the same room via on line and reaching out to create a broader audience from other classes, from a variety of disciplines, music, photography etc., who we welcome to join in the dialogue in real time.To find out more about this programme take a look at the following link https://jonathanworth.org/connecting_classes/connecting-classes-toolkits/

Can university or Higher Education teaching methods be used successfully in a community arts projects setting? Are they relevant? Are there approaches used in community settings which would benefit a more structured, academic setting. From my own experience I would tend to argue that there is a lot on both sides that would benefit the other.  The community project has a lot to offer the Higher Education sector and possibly this is not valued highly, nor highlighted, enough.

Please feel free to join in the conversation and have your voice heard we would love to hear your views and feedback! If you missed the live conversation it is not too late, watch it now and tweet your response. Or just leave a comment at the bottom of this blog and we will tweet it for you. It all adds to the research.

You can tweet us using the #TEXTtile remembering to use the #CClasses to keep it all in one place. It’s all quite experimental so we shall see what happens.

Thank you, see you in the twitter- sphere.


Author: Alex McEwan

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

10 thoughts on “TEXTtile Project: #Cclasses No.3”

  1. I’ll tell you what my family think,”Nanny Joan looks happy doing stuff with the ladies I’m working with.” TEXTtile Maker

  2. “Any one who opens the blog and see what we did at the British Library from the guide they will see that the project trip was second to none. I mean that was excellent and when the blog post goes up i will share it with my friends in Australia.” M – TEXTtile Maker

  3. i find it most interesting to know what people are getting to understand others points of view – George

  4. Do you think it is a good idea to have a blog?
    ‘Yes. For people to see what the community do’ textile maker 1
    ‘It shows what the community can produce in art work’ textile maker2

    Is it relevant for people with sensory impairments?
    ‘Yes everyone. Instead of sitting down doing nothing, keep yourself occupied’ textile maker 1
    ‘Yes for everybody if they can do it’ textile maker 2

    What could be better?
    ‘It gives us more knowledge to know more about the blog’ textile maker 1
    ‘I cannot the night of anything else’ textile maker 2

    How does it make you feel about the project?
    ‘Make us to understand how people learn and teach us and have the knowledge of doing. Gives us more understanding’ textile maker 1
    ‘Very good’ textile maker 2

    Does your family know about the blog? If not, will you tell them?
    ‘I have three boys and they are wonderful. I am sure they know about it’ textile maker 1
    ‘I live alone but I will tell people about it’ textile maker 2

  5. Thank you everyone for your honest and insightful feedback. It is fantastic to have your voices heard on the blog about how you feel about community blogs. You are the reason it is there, after all! Fantastic effort.- Alex TEXTtile Lead.

  6. “I feel good about this project. I’ve got a lot out of it. It shows that disabled people, especially people with sight loss are not left out and that we can all do something within this project. I think it helps disabled people, it shows them they can also do something like this. We hope this project will continue. I am advising everyone, especially people with sight loss to check out this blog! – Elizabeth TEXTtile Maker

  7. Having now understood what a blog is, it really helps. It’s a recording of what we’ve done, like a carbon copy of what we’ve been up to. What we’ve done today with learning weaving, we’ve learnt to feel with our fingers and how to make someone that looks complicated easier.

    It’s nice to have a blog to look back on because you don’t have bundles of paper hanging about. It’s nice to have a record of what we’re doing. Hopefully people looking at this blog can learn from what we’re doing to help their groups.

    Blogs help to keep hold of creative ideas and it’s nice to know that you can inspire people and look at what other people are up to.


    1. Thanks for dropping by Jonathon. The TEXTtile makers are a pretty inspirational bunch and still so much more to be done and more groups to reach out to. Hopefully this will able to continue in the form of legacy projects for future groups. Technology is very much a part of the documentation of these groups, blogs, filming, photography, audio recording, social media but it is refreshing using your #Cclasses methodology and see the technology being used as a creative tool and voice for elderly makers with sensory impairments. Has been great to be able to imbedded in the workshop programme, and for the maker to take ownership of the content and use social media as a reflective tool. Keep tuned for more coverage of the TEXTtile project.

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