In 2014 I set up a community textile workshop based at my local library. I was commissioned to make a banner commemorating local men who died in WW1. This was a voluntary project providing an opportunity for local people, with or without an art background, to come together, learn, and collaboratively engage in creative textile-based techniques. This became the Rock Road Textile group.
The projects have included making a banner to enhance the story telling area of the children’s library, a banner to celebrate women’s suffrage and most recently four textural banners for Cam Sight. This is a centre for blind and partially sighted people so the banners are primarily to be explored through touch. These were installed at Cam Sight in February 2020.
All the work has made use of recycled materials, provided a social gathering with positive exchange of ideas and a variety of banners for many to enjoy in public places.