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Join Flowerfield’s community stitchers this June for its exciting free textile project Woven Hug

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Flowerfield is offering you the chance to show your creativity and be part of its fantastic free Woven Hug community textile project.

There are still spaces available to join and the team at Flowerfield want as many community groups and members of the public as possible to contribute to what promises to be an innovative and meaningful public textile sculpture.

An opportunity to reconnect, reunite, and reflect Woven Hug was first delivered in Monterrey, Mexico; employing arpillera, also known as burlap techniques, the participants will craft a textile ‘hug’ which will embrace the front of Flowerfield Arts Centre throughout the summer months.

This project has sustainability at its heart and by using recycled materials in response to the environmental damage caused by fast fashion, it provides all involved with an opportunity to re-purpose donated materials into something beautiful.

The project will run from 19th June to 5th July, led by artists Tere Chad and Cordelia Rizzo.   This project has been made possible through partnerships with Linen Biennale, Ulster University, Queen's University, and Conflict Textiles, with generous financial support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. 

Flowerfield warmly invites each of you to be a part of the Woven Hug and take part in free workshops, where you'll design and embroider pieces to be attached to the magnificent outdoor sculpture. You are invited to make this a true community effort and explore various important topics that will be intricately woven into the artwork.

During the workshops you’ll reflect on the post-Good Friday Agreement Northern Ireland society, delve into the rich textile heritage of our region, honour the historical role of women in society, marvel at our breath-taking landscapes and confront the impact of climate change upon them.

For Members of the Public and Families

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, fabric donations for this project are still being accepted until Monday 19th June please leave your donation at Flowerfield Arts Centre reception.

Saturday 24th June | 10:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 3:30pm

We have exciting drop-in sessions scheduled – reserve your spot, as these sessions are free but require advance booking via flowerfield.org.

There will also be an open-air performance by talented Chilean musician Victor Henriquez from 12:30 – 13:30.  

Thursday 29th June | 7pm

Tere and Cordelia will take part in a panel discussion with Roberta Bacic (Conflict Textiles), Alison Gault (University Ulster) and Jane McCann (Linen Biennale), discussing and celebrating the vibrant textile heritage or the region and its profound political impact.

Saturday 1st July | 10:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 3:30pm

We have exciting drop-in sessions scheduled – reserve your spot, as these sessions are free but require advance booking via flowerfield.org.

Thursday 6th July | 7pm

You’re invited to the official launch of the final piece on Thursday 6th July at 7pm.

 

For Community Groups

To get your community group involved in any of these workshops, contact amy.donaghey@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk for more information and to check remaining availability.

19th June – 5th July 2023

Join free textile workshops for local community groups during the week.

22nd June 2023 1:30 – 4:30pm

Doctor Cliff Henry from the National Trust will give a talk prior to the community workshop. He'll share his passion for ‘The Tiny, the Rare, and the Weird Wildlife’ at the Giant's Causeway.

27th June 2023 1:30 – 4:30pm

Conflict Textiles will lead a special workshop.

For more information on Woven Hug please visit flowerfield.org or call Flowerfield Reception on 028 7083 1400.