Due to the pandemic the Harwich Festival has gone digital this year except that is for our public art project. Our work is now on display on the Navyard fence. The theme for this year’s Harwich Festival was going to be ‘Movement and Migration‘ linked to the Mayflower 400 celebrations. This is what I took as inspiration for our work. Above all I wanted to create a colourful and uplifting piece, something that would brighten up the area over the summer months. A wide variety of local people got involved with the project as we ran open Sewing Bee workshops at the Harwich Library and at the Craft Café located at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre. We also took our Sewing Bee to local groups like Home-Start, Teentalk, the Stroke Club and the Embroiderers’ Guild.
I like to thank everyone who contributed to our project, without all your squares there would be no artwork.
A big thank you to Navyard/Mannlines for the use of their fence as outdoor gallery space.
Thank you to Harwich Library for accommodating our workshops.
Special thanks to Kay Tomkins for assistance with the running of workshops.
Monique de Vlieger