Poetry in Stitches
The aim of this collaborative project between The National Needlework Archive and Poems in the Waiting Room to promote two important cultural media and present them in an exciting new way to allow a new perception of each in relation to the other. Thousands of people will have the chance to see this literary and visual fusion in places like hospitals, airports, stations, offices and government buildings over a period of six to twelve months.
At the ‘Sewing for Pleasure’ and ‘Hobbycrafts’ exhibition that I attended on Thursday in the Birmingham NEC, I came across a stand promoting this exciting community art project. After speaking to the co-ordinators, I was enthused to buy the book and have been poring over it since. Full of textile pieces (embroidered, quilted, printed and painted) inspired by a huge variety of poems by writers from Shakespeare and Milton to Wendy Cope and structured in four sections according to the essence of the season reflected by each piece, the book is well presented and hugely inspiring.
Due to the success of the project and the book, the authors are bringing out Poetry in Stitches 2 next year.