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“Making History and Oyster Card Holders” : Free Saturday Sewing Workshop with Meera Shakti

Making History and Oyster Card Holders Project, funded by Culture Seeds. Photo courtesy of Meera Shakti Osborne

Focusing on the theme of identity, community and celebrating diasporic histories, Iniva will host a 3-day sewing workshop with facilitator Meera Shakti.

Through collective making, re-centring ourselves and our experiences, this course is focused on sharing stories, exploration of ideas and learning skills in basic hand stitching techniques over three weeks.

The aim of the project is for each participant to design a panel of fabric which will become part of a shared tapestry reflecting on our chosen stories, historicizing yourself and sense of belonging in a welcoming environment. This collective tapestry will become part of a touring exhibition in different community spaces in Spring 2020.

Giving to yourself, the second half of each day will be dedicated to you, mending clothes or fabric, creating oyster card holders or even phone and glasses cases. All ideas of what you want to make during this time are welcome and all materials and training will be provided.

If you would like to participate, email Meera Shakti Osborne (meera.osborne@gmail.com) with your interest and to reserve a space on the course. Places are offered on a first come, first serve basis and open to all.

This workshop is part of the project “Making History and Oyster Card Holders” happening across London and funded by Culture Seeds.

A number of selected materials from the Stuart Hall Library collection will be displayed during the workshop and participants will have the opportunity of a tour with one of our librarians.

Date and time
23rd November, 10.30am-3pm
30th November, 10.30am-2pm
7th December, 10.30am-3pm

Venue
Stuart Hall Library
16 John Islip Street
London
SW1P 4JU

Facilitator 
Meera Shakti Osborne is a visual artist and workshop facilitator. Her work is focused on building strong communities through making and movement. She is the co-founder of Department for International Dance Development (DIDD) a collective of women and non-binary people, who come together to dance and share food.

Her current project Making History and Oyster Card Holders is happening across London, funded by Culture Seeds. She works with multiple communities teaching sewing to older women and runs painting workshops with young people.

Meera graduated in set and costume design at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2015 and in 2018 graduated in Liberal Arts at CILAS in Cairo, Egypt.