I'm busy writing a grant proposal this weekend for a community creative mapping event. I've had a few meetings recently with members of the City Hall, the local historical society & VALA arts organisation, all of whom have been really excited by my community work and keen to work with me.
There is however the small problem of funding! I always believe that money follows passion so hopefully the lovely, generous people at 4Culture will see that I have passion a plenty for bringing people together through the arts & I'll be able to run the event.
If successful, the project will centre around participants creating a large map of their town using drawing & stitch. I've been playing around with possible outcomes, using drawings made by children visiting the gallery, collaging them against my own backgrounds and adding stitch and a little applique.
The stitching doesn't show up very well on the photo but it adds texture on the original. This is a paper collage & starts to become a little fragile when heavily stitched, plus it's difficult to manipulate under my sewing machine so if funded I'm planning to use cloth during the event. Keep your fingers crossed for me!