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Open Door Project – TOUCHSTONE Sikh Elders Service

In early 2012 we held a further Open Door Project with TOUCHSTONE Sikh Elders Service. This project was called ‘Picking Up The Thread’.

The workshops involved a group of 15 Sikh ladies across nine half day workshops. The sessions took place in the newly refurbished basement space in Artlink’s building as well as an off site research visit to the Royal Armouries.

The project explored new and traditional approaches to textiles led by artists Musarat Raza and Bryony Pritchard who facilitated activities – developing skills with the participants in tie dying, printing, sewing, drawing, stencilling, devore and painting.

A vist to the Royal Armouries provided an opportunity for the group to research the displays of the Indian Army through observational drawing and photography. Information gathered was used as inspiration for the following weeks, shown through the emerging ideas and designs.

The sessions encouraged social interaction amongst participants, through sharing and learning new skills, increasing confidence and improving wellbeing. Across the weeks, everybody created a final textile piece with the techniques they had learnt during the sessions.

Thank you to our volunteer Amarjit Birdi and to the Touchstone co-ordinators and volunteers whose support made the project such a success.

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