Knit Your Memories Together

Knit Your Memories Together is a project funded by Hastings Borough Council and Unltd that brought together people aged 50+ to create textile work using memories and reminiscence.  Sessions were carried out in a variety of settings including Leolyn Care Home, open sessions held at The Old Chemist, and with a group of machine knitters led by local artist Lorna Hamilton Brown MBE.

 

The range of talents amongst participants was extremely high and finished work included the use of techniques such as free machine embroidery, creating stencils from photographs and printing onto a variety of fabrics including silk and linen.  Many of the pieces have a story behind them which is extremely moving and some of this information was included in the exhibition at Craftivists, 48 Kings Road, St Leonards on Sea.  The launch was extremely successful with plenty of homemade cake and tea, and even a visit from the mayor!

 

If you didn't manage to catch the exhibition you can read more about it here:

http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/arts-culture/community-arts/knit-your-memories-together

 

One of the participants wrote 'I feel energised and inspired in a way that I have not been for years.'

 

During the exhibition period there were also a number of textile workshops available including a Textile Taster Day during which there were demonstrations on techniques such as using dissolvable fabric, and popular T shirt decorating sessions for children entitled 'Pimp Ur T shirt'.