The ‘Tea and Textiles’ project at Church Street Library, in conjunction with the Westminster Cultural Partnerships Officer and Westminster Adult Education Service, is going really well, with the quilt going on show next week.
The aim of the project is to create a quilt merging a map of the Church Street area (where the participants live) with images of plants and flowers that originate in their home countries. At the same time, the idea is to make a way for this diverse community to exercise their creative talents and a path through which they may be able to go further and start enterprises to sell their handmade crafts in future.
The project started back in the summer of 2014 with a few taster sessions. The group then went on a visit to Kew Gardens to seek out inspiration from the beauty of the flowers and plants cultivated there.
Currently the group has a total of 20 participants from around Church Street, who come from a total of fifteen different national backgrounds – tea growing is a key element of many of these nations. During the trip to Kew Gardens, the participants looked for at least three plants or flowers from the country of their origin, which would later form part of the embroidery work on the quilt.
The finished quilt will be exhibited at an event at the Showroom Gallery on 17 December, from 3.30 – 5.30pm.