Textile Flow

Textile Flow provided creative workshops for adults to make social connections, learn new textile skills and share their knowledge, reduce isolation and improve wellbeing.

Facilitated by artist Sally Bourner, Textile Flow workshops gave participants a welcoming space to create positive new connections and experiences based on interest rather than need.

Past Textile Flow sessions have included weaving in circular and squares, drawing in yarn (relating to David Shrigley's exhibit, Life Model II), rag rug, textile coiling, felting and weaving in nature.

For one of the sessions Textile Flow commissioned Men in Sheds to build three large peg looms, thanks to an anonymous donation made to the project, which made weaving much more accessible to people who may be partially sighted or have issues with mobility.

After originating at Fabrica 2017, Textile Flow workshops partnered with Leach Court Senior Residential Scheme and later with Wish Park Surgery (NHS GP in Hove) to extend its community reach and further opportunities for different people to meet in different spaces in the city, providing a level space for companionships found through being creative together. This course has since developed into Woven By Us (link)

As part of this project:

  • 18 sessions at Fabrica, Leach Court, Wish Park Surgery or Men In Sheds.
  • 2 exhibitions sharing outcomes from the project (University of Brighton and ONCA).
  • 141 attendances.

    Thank you to the Homity Trust and Wish Park Surgeries Patient Participation Group for supporting this project.
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