Creating a community collage

A Palmers Green social enterprise is running a project celebrating the Queen’s jubilee year

Stitch! will be making a jubilee collage with the help of local residents and community organisations
Stitch! will be making a jubilee collage with the help of local residents and community organisations

Stitch! Crafts and Classes in Palmers Green has been awarded a £9,650 grant from the Arts Council to produce a community collage celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee year.

From puppetry and story creation, through to making crowns, carnival and art trails, the local social enterprise will ensure there is a range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.

Suzanne Kelly, manager of Stitch!, said: “We are so pleased to be working with local people to create this platinum jubilee commemorative piece. To be part of this creative project at an important moment in this country’s history is really exciting.”

Stitch! provides sewing and crafting workshops from its shop in Green Lanes. It is now working with embroidery artist Jill Kipnis from inspirationalembroidery.co.uk to create a historic mixed-media textile collage piece for the jubilee.

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Jill Kipnis is a textile artist fascinated by the power of stitch and textile mediums. She put together the heroes quilt project during the first year of the pandemic and is looking forward to helping guide people to create an artistic collage of imagery to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee year.

Community organisations lined up to be involved in the project so far include West Grove Primary School, Broomfield Secondary School, St. John’s Evangelist Church and Azalea Court Care Home, in addition to regular members of the local stitching community.

The grant supporting the project was made possible thanks to National Lottery players and is administered by UK Community Foundations. Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, said: “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, culture and creativity – made possible thanks to National Lottery players.”

If you would like to be involved and to creatively contribute to the collage, Stitch! would like to hear from you:
[email protected]
Visit stitch.org.uk

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