Sixty young people from East London will showcase garments they have collectively embroidered at London palaces this month, thanks to the New East London Embroiderers (NELE) project run by FAD.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the NELE project aims to encourage young people to explore British heritage and cultural identity through stitch. Inspired by a visit to the historic collections of Kensington Palace, school children and young refugees from East London took part in workshops to learn traditional embroidery techniques, before creating six modern ceremonial garments of their own design.
These stunning works will debut at the Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace, North London from 11-14th October 2012. They will then travel to Kensington Palace, home to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, where they will be placed on public display for four weeks from 18th October 2012.
Following these royal appointments the garments will form part of a touring exhibition visiting schools and community centres who took part in the project. Among others this will include Stoke Newington School in Hackney, Camden School for Girls, Barking & Dagenham College, Cumberland School in Newham and Brighter Futures London, a group for refugees and asylum seekers based at Praxis in Bethnal Green.
Uniquely the NELE project has been made possible by the support of fifteen young volunteers; all aged 18 – 25 years old. Under the guidance of embroidery expert, Anthea Godfrey, the volunteers trained in leadership and traditional embroidery skills in order to support and mentor younger students to create the garments.
In addition the NELE have developed an online resource to inspire other young people across the UK to join the virtual ‘stitch-in’, and learn more about British heritage in the process. The resource will launch on Thursday 11th October as part of the NELE showcase at The Knitting & Stitching Show.
Knitting & Stitching Show from Thursday 11th-Sunday 14th October 2012. Take part in free embroidery workshops on our stand in the West Hall and see the finished garments up close.
Kensington Palace. The New East London Embroiderers garments will be displayed to the public in the new Clore Learning Centre for four weeks from Thursday 18th October 2012.
Please note if you only wish to visit the garments on display you will not be required to pay an entry fee to the palace.
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