Making common ground

Making common ground

On Friday mornings in November I am inviting people to join me to stitch a giant patchwork map as part of the Stitching Stories programme of events. We had our first session last Friday and the stitching was beautiful, but it was the richness of the conversation that...

Textile chat

I have been meeting with a group of Syrian women each week since the summer. This group was initiated by Stella Charman. These remarkable women have taught me much through their conversation. They are with families who are making new lives in the UK. This isĀ  a short...
The Olive Tree, Europe and refugees

The Olive Tree, Europe and refugees

  We are having many conversations in the City Space Here are some thoughts from Christopher Gordon The Olive Tree, Europe and refugees Thought to have originated in Phoenicia (equivalent today to Syria/Palestine/Lebanon/SE Turkey), the olive is a precious gift...

Beginnings and developments

(Written by Alexandra Jordan) Saturday 14th October This was the first day of the project! It was amazing to see we already had trees waiting to be put up that had been posted ahead of the launch. Most of my day was spent explaining and discussing the project with...
Sea

Sea

This work set out to be a direct response to the powerful and emotive images of boats, sea and people. These images saturated the media in 2016, presenting us at a distance with the desperation of families escaping war through the precarious passage of the sea. The...
Stitch a Tree Project is in full flow!

Stitch a Tree Project is in full flow!

  (Written by Miesje Chafer) Tuesday 24th October We had a lovely busy day today! Lot of people dropping in finished trees, coming and taking a pack or sitting and stitching. One lady who had already completed a tree came back in with her grandson and...
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