Bridging Arts

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Red dots on the map and a day of traffic and planning

A day of driving round Wandsworth talking to people about more embroidery and further classes with the Royal School of Needlework. Late to the Furzedown Project because of gridlocked traffic on Hammersmith Broadway. Talk to the centre manager about organising classes through the summer, once Thames College Adult Education classes finish. Perhaps the keen embroiderers from Restart 50+, who attend the centre on a Monday, might be interested in coming along as mentors/assistants.
It is a beautiful day. Decide to make the most of sitting in traffic and try to put the roof down on my elderly car. But it jams.
And only just in time for lunch at the Asian Women's Group, Mantle Court, Wandsworth. Return the rare fish scale embroidery loaned by Zafia Qureshi ....who asked for more calico so she could keep embroidering. Make a note in my notebook (which I manage to leave behind after a chat with the centre manager on whether we could involve non-Asian residents).
Discussion at lunch over the cauliflower curry. The potato has been left out in a gesture towards healthy eating. Carrot halva less healthy but delicious.
We discuss taking classes to the mosque in Morden, attended by many of the women. We wonder who else we could invite.  Call Suraya Sadiq, who organises many activities at the mosque, and plan a meeting for tomorrow.
Good to meet Maureen Docherty who is at the AWG recording oral histories. She works for Wandsworth Libraries and Heritage. There is a move afoot in the Borough to record stories from as wide a selection of residents as possible. She has started by asking the women in the AWG to place a red topped pin on a map, to show where they were born. A cluster in Pakistan, and  one or two in east Africa.