The Leeds to Liverpool Slow Way - The Learning Stars

Inspiration details:

Throne cover (takhtposh)

Embroidered zardosi textile

Varanasi, India (Information fom slip book., made)

ca.1855 (made)

Learning Stars Group (WEA)

Textile, embroidered.

V&A collection reference number(s):
throne cover takhtposh from Varanasi India ref 0762 IS

Artist Statement

The Learning Stars

We are a community creative arts group of Adults with Learning Disabilities from the North West of England. The group were excited by the online image of the golden embroidered Indian tapestry depicting a pictorial map divided by a waterway full of fish and boats, and surrounded by beautiful bejewelled buildings.
As the Arts Tutor, I was able to go to the Clothworkers centre in London and visit the tapestry on behalf of the students, and take photographs and sketches to show the group. These images inspired us to explore and depict our local waterway system of the Leeds to Liverpool canal.
We wanted our artwork to be made from as much reclaimed materials as possible, so we used old cotton clothes donated by the students and dyed them so they were all the same shade of green for our backdrop. We also used reclaimed saris donated by some students and their families to recreate the bejewelled metallic surface in the tapestry. Initially, we made some preparatory drawings of some of the iconic buildings from the towns and cities that the canal runs through. We used a mixture of photos that we took in our locality, for example the Liverpool’s Liver building, Burscough Bridge and Rufford Hall and some images were sourced online. We transfer printed the buildings, boats and fish images onto fabric and then worked onto them using parts of the old saris.
As we are a large group, we needed to work on a fairly large scale to all physically get around the artwork together. We believe creativity can empower individuals and support their development of confidence, self-esteem and well being. Being part of the creative arts workshop plays a positive role in enriching lives and reducing isolation and marginalisation.

The Leeds to Liverpool Slow Way - The Learning Stars

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Inspiration details:

Throne cover (takhtposh)

Embroidered zardosi textile

Varanasi, India (Information fom slip book., made)

ca.1855 (made)

Learning Stars Group (WEA)

Textile, embroidered.

V&A collection reference number(s):
throne cover takhtposh from Varanasi India ref 0762 IS

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