My Life is but a Weaving

A multi-faith art installation and reception 6th-7th June 2017 University College London

Reception and talk 6th June, 6pm

You are cordially invited to My Life is a Weaving, an imaginative exploration of the role of textiles and embroidery in faith communities. The installation will be taking place in the North Cloisters at UCL as part of the UCL Festival of Culture, June 6-7th, 10:00-19:00.

We will be hosting a reception and talks to which you are invited from 6pm on June 6th.

This installation was produced by artist Katy Beinart and women from different faith communities in Ealing, West London in collaboration with the research project Making Suburban Faith. Our research on creativity suggested the importance of textiles and embroidery amongst diverse faith communities at home and in community spaces leading us to focus on textiles for our collaborative arts practice.

Over six workshops, between June and September 2016, the group worked together on individual pieces to form a collective ‘map’ which references diverse stories of home, family and migration. The focus of the creative work which each participant contributed was prayer whether expressed in words or symbols.

Katy’s installation uses some of these prayers as roads while other pieces are local religious landmarks. Her installation also invites visitors to join around the shared table cloth, to open up the prayer books and to visit some of the individual pieces of embroidery. This shared table echoes the table around which we gathered each week to share skills, ideas and stories.