A Gathering of Flowers – Well Projects & GOLD Project for POW 2020
A series of workshops run by local artists with members of GOLD Project (East Kent Mencap) that culminated in a collectively produced tapestry, displayed across the window spaces of Well Projects & GOLD Project (215 & 217 Northdown Road.)
A Florilegium is a diary shared between communities that are interested in flowers. An influencer for later botanical and scientific journals, a Florilegium (translated literally as ‘a gathering of flowers’) contains scraps of writing, drawing and collage that have been shared amongst the community and those who are new to it. In it, they discuss the discovery of new specimens, the best spots to see a rarity & other fanatical stories.
Using the Florilegium as a loose framework, each workshop was led by a local artist and introduced a range of new materials & craft-based processes to the members of GOLD Project, to help dream-up and illustrate an idyllic garden, a new floral and interwoven image of the local area
The results of the workshops were installed into a display facing outwards, onto the bustling Northdown Road, and remained visible for the duration of POW 2020.
This project takes its inspiration from Foreligium, a diary shared between communities that are interested in flowers. Floreligium can be translated literally as “a gathering of flowers”. It contains scraps of writing, drawing and collage that have been shared amongst the community and those who are new to it. They discuss the discovery of new specimens, the best spots to see a rarity and other fanatical stories.
Our project began with a walk at the Garden Gate in Margate in January led through Thread and Word.
Unravelling a ribbon with a line from the poem Thread and Word written by Cecilia Vicuña
We walked around the garden and read lines from the poem Hilo y Palabra by Cecilia Vicuña and through walking reading and talking we gathered our ideas.
We made rope