From Resolution to Completed Art Project
A collaboration project between Chelsea College of Art and the WI offered an opportunity for members Maralyn, Clare and Alison to show their creativeness and share skills with the college students. Maralyn cleverly worked with the similarity in appearance between a section through an apple and a woman’s reproductive organs to promote ‘5 Minutes that Matter’ Cervical Smear Awareness: ‘If an Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, then 5 Minutes Can Save Your Life’.
Shocked to learn that women avoid smear tests through fear they don’t look ‘right’ she used the idea of a decorated ‘lady garden’ as her basis.
Clare, like many, feeling isolated during the lockdown created a quilt, which was also a letter to her sister in Australia. She used scraps of material from garments that had meaning to them both, inspired by letters between sisters in Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple.
The quilt embodied our resolution Link Together to Alleviate Loneliness.
Alison used ‘No More Violence Against Women’ as her message, creating a banner formed of separate panels which incorporated many different sewing techniques. She chose a banner as it has the power to stop people in their tracks and make them think.
What talented women!