An amazing festival of graduate creativity organised by Craftspace.
New graduates from around the country were invited to participate and organise a creative activity, which collaborated with the public and the historical heritage of the Cathedral Square.
I took a weaving loom and invited the public to write their wishes and dreams onto strips of recycled silk sari. These were woven by the participants into a net structure, in order to create a flag. In the meantime I also used a spinning wheel and hand spun wool. I wanted to reference the historical significance of the wool trade in Birmingham’s medieval history and the various ethnic communities who live in Birmingham today.
The public were great and loved to see the equipment associated with spinning and weaving. It brought back memories of family histories and Britain’s industrial heritage of cloth making. I was also told of villages in India, where the tradition of hand woven cloth used to be part of every day life.
At the end of the day, the cloth filled with ribbons of wishes and dreams was hung in a tree, in Cathedral Square.