SKETCHBOOK V: WATW RESIDENCY - A Year's End
By christinaillenapeake, Jul 31 2018 01:46PM
This month saw the end of my residency at the Women at the Well charity. The blanket below was the final outcome of the WATW Suffragette blanket project. The ladies came up with the project idea to replicate the blanket created at Holloway prison by the suffragettes for the WATW charity. We created fabric squares and then each square was decorated in whatever manner the participant chose. We also added embroidery created by the Sisters that support the work there then sew the squares together by hand and then wadding added to give quilted quality. The blanket is to be exhibited as wall hanging.
I have also added a couple more images from my visual diary. Working at WATW was a challenging and rewarding experience and their were many lessons that I learnt along the way from safeguarding to designing projects that are both low and high engagement impact with the audience so that you can adapt the work depending on the individual.
It also amazes me the amount of time people are able to donate to volunteer to support projects. Over the years I have volunteered on a number of projects from converting an old steam boat into a gallery and education space to supporting building homes or reclaiming urban spaces. Living in London there are so many projects to choose from if you are interested and if my commitments had been different at the moment I would have liked to continue to support WATW but I will definately stay in touch and look forward the Volunteers' Summer Party in a couple months.
Over the next few months I will now be creating a series of four artworks born out of the experience and running projects with the charity and practice research. The series will take the form of reimaging a set of four gold weights (or sculptures in this instance) that were used to measure gold dust in the historic African kingdoms as a form of currency. These gold weights dependent on the culture could be devices to balance mental health to respositorites for the ancesters who could then guide negotiations in favour of the family. The statues' forms would range from animals, to folklore, popular characters or senior figures in society and could fit in the hand. Passed down from generation to generation they were talismans for the individual and and family. I hope this set will reflect and elevate the community I have come to know over the last year.