PATTERNS OF MIGRATION
Repair, Refuge and Healing Project
PATTERNS OF MIGRATION: Repair, Refuge and Healing Project
Our 'Patterns of Migration: Repair, Refuge and Healing’ project was a huge success. In collaboration with Gawthorpe Textile Collection and the University of Central Lancashire, the project followed a creative investigation into the history of textiles, working with female refugees and asylum seekers. A series of textile workshops explored traditional craft skills and encouraged members of the community to learn about the range of techniques employed throughout history. In these workshops, the group learnt sewing skills, silk painting, stitching and embroidery, felting and appliqué techniques. The weekly sessions acted as a catalyst for sharing stories, experiences and family traditions. Different textile methods were used to create patterns and shapes, which represented personal journeys and feelings.
The artist workshops were led by Aysha Yilmaz, textile design graduate, and facilitated by the Community Engagement Officer for Gawthorpe Textile Collection, Bev Lamey. The sessions educated the community about clothing and textiles from across different cultures and times, evoking memories, a sense of place, identity, and belonging. Not only did this project provide a creative outlet for the participants, but it also helped in promoting mental health and well-being.