Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Stories Told

I was lucky to have the opportunity to help with the Stories Told exhibition with the Bendigo Community Health Services and the City of Greater Bendigo

"Stories Told , a mixed media exhibition developed by Karen and Afghan artists encapsulating their stories, culture and lived experiences. Saturday 18 - 21 July 11am - 3pm Dudley House, View Street Bendigo. Supported by Capital Venues and Events, City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo Community Health Services and Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship."

The red, white and blue checkered bags were very symbolic, as the families bought all their belongings and clothes in the bags. To help bring that across we together sewed squares into a patchwork wall hanging with stitched patterns and embroidery.

^ Photo of some of the work space. 

^ Workshop space at Dudley House during the creation process.

^ The amazing women I got to work with sewing and creating. 

^ Maree of Capital Community Connect at Dudley House holding up the finished piece. 

^ Suitcases on display with stories and personal belongings from each woman.

^ Thongs with hand carved pictures and words.

^ Opening night showcased traditional dancing and music.

^ A patchwork square of embroidered images.

^ The finished Tapestry.

" This tapestry has been created using re-purposed red-white-blue bags and twine. Artists have stitched squares together to create a collaborative artwork. The plastic carry bags used in this quilt are symbolic; as many people arrived in Australia carrying possessions in the well-known red-white-blue bag."  

It was such an amazing project to have been able to work on with gorgeous people. It is one experience I shall remember. Learning to create with other culturals and most didn't speak English.

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