“Our Collective House” was a unique and ambitious intergenerational project developed at Whittington Park Community Association (WPCA). The programme was designed by Katia Lom, Jeanne Goutelle and Henrietta Thomas. Happening over 9 weeks in the summer of 2014, it saw 13 participants creating together a large textile wall hanging representing a map of the Junction Ward area of Islington. The final work is now hanging in Upper Hocking Hall (WPCA) in Whittington Park (London) following an exhibition at “Outpost” as part of a community quilt exhibition.
The project was supported by a grant from The Big Lottery Fund.
The report on the project is available to download here.
The aim of “Our Collective House” was to create a textile wall hanging that would
be made by older and younger generations of people living in Islington.
By learning a variety of textile and needlework processes together as a group, and
working on a communal piece of art, participants would learn the value of
working collectively towards a common goal and how different generations could
learn & benefit from each other. The wall hanging would also be an opportunity
for participants to express their memories of the area and what the area meant to
them. It was hoped this would make everyone taking part feel more connected to
where they lived, worked, went to school or socialised.