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02 November 2021  -  02 November 2021

Stitching Time and Place: Postcards Across the River

Postcards Across the River - Clapham Park Creative Co-op

This Learning Lab will facilitate a conversation about Postcards Across the River, a project led by the Clapham Park Creative Co-op.

Presented as part of Platforma 6.

11.00-12.30: Live online on Zoom – free booking via Eventbrite

Postcards Across the River is a durational, cross-borough collaboration between two community groups on either side of the River Thames: Clapham Park Creative Co-op (Lambeth) and East London Textile Arts (Newham).

Facilitated by the textile artist, Sonia Tuttiett, with input from story collector and Clapham Park resident, Thérèse Mullan, and commissioned and produced by Marcia Chandra, at Counterpoints Arts. 

The fabric postcards and accompanying stories of Postcards Across the River weave memories of home together with the interpersonal, cultural imaginaries of a post-Covid world. The embroideries tell stories of the past, the present and the future, merging complex temporalities through intricacy and detail.

We invite you to join us in this conversation with participants as they reflect on the neighbourhood journeys that they have taken in Postcards Across the River – exchanging knowledge, skills and know-how.

We would like to explore with you the following questions:
– How might the everyday skills of embroidery be used to chronicle and document a place or a neighbourhood?
– How can this work create ‘living archives’ – especially as we move cautiously out from Covid 19?
– How might this slow, collaborative work help us re-learn the values of creative/social exchange, interconnection, interdependency, mutual aid and collective care?
– How might this form of everyday creativity be a critical catalyst for more sustainable cooperative public art commissions, re-connecting people within and between neighbourhoods and places?

Clapham Park Creative Co-op is a neighbourhood initiative exploring community change through creative conversation, and is produced by Counterpoints Arts. It works in partnership with and is supported by the Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association.

Marcia Chandra, Counterpoints Arts, commissioner/producer
Sonia Tuttiett, commissioned artist
Thérèse Mullan, Clapham Park Creative Co-op Community Producer and commissioned writer
Participants from both Clapham Park Creative Co-op and East London Textile Arts
Moderated by Áine O’Brien, Counterpoints Arts

We are delighted to also be joined by Deirdre Figueiredo, Director of Craftspace, a leading craft development organisation creating opportunities to see, make and be curious about exceptional contemporary craft.