Working with local artist Merissa Hylton participants will learn how to design for textiles in this 5 hour workshop, each creating a design mood board that tells their story of Erith through patterns, colour and motif.
Participants will bring along objects, photographs, fabrics or just their stories about the town and their lives living in it, before working with Merissa to develop these stories into colours, patterns and motifs.
Participants will learn about the textile design process, and take away their mood boards so they can later develop their own textile projects. Merissa will also take photos of and use these mood boards created by the community as inspiration for series of cushions that will later be exhibited and used at The Exchange.
Merissa Hylton is a mixed media Artist and Art Tutor working with Centrepieces, a local mental health arts charity. Her work is inspired by many things; her Jamaican and West African ancestry, emotions, mental health, self acceptance and healing. She enjoys creating artwork that speaks to people on a personal level - each piece has its own journey and story.
"I believe that every piece I create will resonate with someone, somewhere."
Merissa is a strong advocate of art as a form of creative therapy and strongly believes that engaging in art - whether in a creative capacity or a voyeuristic role - has a beneficial effect on our mental health and personal wellbeing