Creating a safe space for artistic expression, I work to build a pro-active and supportive community for those on the edge.
Laying out colourful samples of textiles and threads on a table is a beautiful way to gather women. In a women’s shelter textiles are a natural entry to sharing stories of family and loss: a favourite jacket, a handmade summer dress, a soft toy. Over time the women were inspired to share their works and proudly proclaimed their creativity and agency in two public exhibitions.
For over four years we told stories while sipping on tea and sewing together new friendships. New skills were honed and plans made for upcoming exhibitions. Energized by their own creativity, each of the women wrote personal statements for their exhibitions giving inspirational insight into their creative processes.