The yurt represents the symbol of home in several ways, as well refer to the ancient textile based shelter on which the nomads of Central Asia depended for survival under demanding conditions.
Local artists and other creatives, as well as the general public will be invited to add creative elements, share stories and get weaving/embroidering.
Freeweaver Studio is London's first (and only) SAORI studio, a place where people can access Japanese handmade floorlooms that are easy to use and accessible to all.
Apart from offering regular weaving workshops, Freeweaver Studio is committed to raise textile awareness on wider platforms. For the last three years we have run the "Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival in London" as part of the Japan UK Season of Culture, supporting intercultural exchange between Japanese craftspeople and UK based artists. We also organise and host the "Festival of Natural Fibres", a collaborative effort between Khadi London and Freeweaver Studio, again to enhance dialogue between countries (continents) and actively champion sustainable ways of textile production.
A number of "in house" themed exhibitions organised by Freeweaver Studio are gathered under the name of "Community Textiles" on Instagram.
The Mongolian style hand made yurt will be installed in the central gallery at Craft Central, the bright wooden frame will be contrasted by un-dyed handwoven wool cloth`(as a blank canvas).
The public is invited to create messages and stories which will be added onto the yurt, creating our own version of an artistic community home.
Two floor looms will be available for the public to weave on, bits of cloth can be used for hand embroidery. Sarangua will work with the public to embroider longer messages, quotes and poems.
Local artists will be on site (as and when) to add bespoke elements to the yurt home
The goal of this installation is to create and foster a sense of community, belonging, home, and carrying the spirit of the Motherland through stories and visual textile craft elements. Both looking back at a more distant meaning of home/ancestry/roots and a more "geared towards the future" (re) creation of new communities where we share inspiration, creative community and meaning.
The yurt is live-size and can be used outdoors for further creative textile projects.
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