The Gathering Memories project – Auction

Gathering Memories

‘Gathering Memories’ is a community project which aims to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. This will be done through the sale of Project Kits allowing the purchaser to create their own interpretation of memories through the medium of textiles and mixed media.

The original project was an Installation of tea dyed silk strands gathered with gold thread, entitled ‘Gathered Memories’ the concept of which suggests how precious memories can be, how they twist and turn yet bounce back when least expected.

This initial creation came from an original concept by Elizabeth Saunders in 2011 for her final degree show. It was then further developed into a larger installation, sponsored by the Theatre Royal in Winchester and Hampshire County Council as a Community Project lasting twelve weeks. The installation has been exhibited at six different venues including the Knit and Stitch shows in London and the ICHF events in Birmingham.

It was last exhibited at Whitchurch Silk Mill as ‘Gathered Memories Revisited’ since when it has been dismantled to start a new journey creating a fresh community project called ‘Gathering Memories’.

We first documented this project last year.

The project was initiated by a team of Textile Artists, Elizabeth Saunders, Wendy Fleckner, Jane Ashe, Mary Booy and  Jeanette Neale  following on from a previous art work installation called ‘Gathered Memories’.

There is soon to be an auction to fundraise for the Society; artists have contributed works which will be available to purchase.

The submitted Artworks will be exhibited and auctioned for further fund raising at:

The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, from 30th June – 4th August 2018
Southampton Art Gallery (Foyer), from 12th August – 30th September 2018

The Silent Auction will take place throughout the duration of these two exhibitions via written bids and/or via the website. Bidding will close on 30th September 2018 and the winning bidders will be notified by the end of October 2018.

So, if you feel you are able to give or simply want to find out more about the project, head over to their website.

As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects.  These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute.  Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. I had my first solo exhibition in March 2016 and have been part of numerous group exhibitions.  Currently I am columnist for textile art publication “Be Creative with Workbox”; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'

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