Bridging Arts

Friday, 24 February 2012

Moving forward

Just - thanks to the heroic James Jensen, boyfriend of the genius behind One Off Style and a man with a VERY sharp mind -  I have got the Bridging Arts accounts off in the nick of time.
So it's a moment to reflect on where next? All the work with embroidery, fabric, colour - and related issues of pattern and place - has been so important. Where does it lead?
In the Annual Report and Accounts we identify three areas of future activity. The first is 'the new pastoral' i.e. the reality of life in rural England. (After a visit to Redruth this morning, I can report that away from Cornwall's coastal crust - where tourism is drifting upmarket - things are tough. )
The other two, though, stick with the theme of pattern:       

-         embroidery for the isolated specifically people with Alzheimer’s, disabled people, people in care homes and people in prisons
-         the relationship between pattern, place and self image. In particular we will look at the ways in which identity is defined by clothes, fabric and fashion.

 Our original funding streams, of course, have long come to an end. So it's a question of deciding whether to apply piecemeal for the odd course of workshops here and there. Or to develop something - the next step - rather bigger. A thought for the weekend.