Tana Bana (Warp and Weft) ran over 2009-10 and worked with four south London community centres offering a variety of textile based workshops on the theme of ‘meadows and bugs’.

Participants created a ‘meadow’ using an assorted collection of felts. Artists offered participants an opportunity to make a ‘dry felt’ meadow or one using soap and water. Participants decorated their ‘meadows’ with various bugs, flowers and other creatures including snakes!

Shared Heritage also led a train the trainer workshop and created a work pack to ensure that the various craft skills used could be shared with a wider local audience and remain within the communities once the project was completed.

Thank you so much for providing the wonderful weaving workshops for the children. The feedback from the children was extremely positive. While I knew it would be something the 11-13 year olds would enjoy, I was so amazed at how engrossed our 7-10 year olds were in the flower and bug making. All of the children are very keen to continue with this work during our regular club nights and they hope to pass on their new found knowledge to the rest of their club mates.

Being provided with this wonderful opportunity has enabled the children to have a new medium in which to channel their creativity, imagination and feelings. Through being challenged the children felt a great sense of achievement.  We have always found the opportunity to be creative to be extremely therapeutic for our children and young people. The workshops also worked so well, due to Viv, who was child focused, well organised, an excellent facilitator and very patient.  We would love to be involved with Shared Heritage again if any future workshops become available. Please keep us in mind.