In collaboration with local high schools, 'Eastern Ground' facilitated a series of workshops on sewing and natural dyeing techniques. Led by Alis Le May and natural dyer Julia Billings, the program engaged students in their local heritage.
The nine-month-long project culminates in an immersive exhibition at Strange Field (Barrowfield Weaving Mill) featuring garments, photographs, wall hangings, and a dance film each inspired by the architecture and stories from local residents.
Six garments have been designed to reflect the unique characters of six historic buildings in Glasgow's East End. - St Anne's RC Church, Dennistoun 1933 - Templeton Carpet Factory, Calton 1892 - Shettleston Hall (Also known as 'Wellshot Halls'), Shettleston 1925 - Tollcross Winter Gardens, Tollcross 1848 - Olympia Cinema, Bridgeton 1911 - Barrowfield Weaving Mill, Dalmarnock 1889. An accompanying website will feature details of all six historic sites and the creative process that has been happening across the project, offering a broader context to the exhibition.
Nine wall hangings created by the students will be also be displayed. The exhibition will be open daily from 3rd -12th November 10am-5pm. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Support for the project comes from Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Creative Scotland Holywood Trust, and Clyde Gateway.
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MEND is an opportunity in a friendly space where you'll learn to mend clothes. Too many mendable clothes are thrown away, so come along and prolong the life of your favourite jumper.
From patching jeans, to raising hems, the team will guide, assist and provide all tools and materials. MEND will be an evening of mending, meeting and sharing skills.