Cromer Street O-Furoshiki Stitching Group: exhibition closing celebration

Project Fukushima! Film still by Hikaru Fujii (2011)

On July 15 we invite you to celebrate the closing of our current season Real Lives Half Lives: Fukushima.

Drawing from the O' Furushiki patchwork cloth used by volunteers during Project Fukushima, Arts Catalyst invites members of the local community and beyond to create a cloth for Cromer Street.
 
Following on from the work created during the first stitching session, this second session will culminate in an unfolding of the cloth into Cromer street and the surrounding area, to honour the collective will and creative, social language that can be drawn from stitching, mending and community activity. Arts Catalyst invites members of different communities around Cromer Street as well as from across London to join us for this stitching session. 
 
‘O-Furoshiki’ is a traditional type of Japanese wrapping cloth created for the annual festival 'Fukushima!', as featured in the film Project Fukushima! Pieces of fabric, donated by people from all over Japan, are sewn together to create a patchwork cover for floors and surfaces affected by radiation. At each festival location, volunteers work together to stitch and cover the floor of each venue with the patchwork cloth. They measure radiation levels to ensure it is safe to carry out the festival. 
 
Project Fukushima! follows the preparations for a festival held in Fukushima city five months after the nuclear disaster. The festival, called simply ‘Fukushima!’ was organised by a group of artists and musicians including Yoshihide Otomo. They aim to give visibility to Fukushima’s current state just as it was. Throughout the film we see how the lives of people in Fukushima have changed and what the future might look like for the next few generations. Now the festival pops up all over the country and abroad, and has attracted more than 100,000 people. 
 
 
To celebrate the closing of Real Lives Half Lives: Fukushima, we will see the cloth unfolded in Cromer Street and the surrounding area, engaging neighbours and passers-by in communal activity and conversation. We invite you to celebrate with us the creation of our own patchwork cloth for Cromer Street. Tea and cakes will be provided.
 
Workshop dates:
1 July, 2-5pm
15 July, 2-5pm
 
Workshops are free and open to all. Please bring any spare fabric you would like to work with along to the session. 
 
If you are interested in participating or require further information please email  anna.santomauro@artscatalyst.org