What is it you would like to tell the world?

Using a mix of traditional applique sewing and modern dyeing techniques, Surrey Arts Wardrobe are working with DAiSY member organisations Artventure, The Grange, Ochre PrintAble, Dramatize, Halow and LinkAble to make banners that are both an expression of the group and convey a message important to the group as a whole.  

The project is inspired by the beautiful Asafo flags created by the Fante people from Central Ghana.  Asafo means ‘war people’ and their flags are an expression of community identity and often refer to a local historical event or a proverb.  The project also references traditional sewn banners created by women marching for women’s suffrage and those typically made to represent WI groups and marching bands.  Over recent years these have been used to inspire contemporary artworks by artists such as Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and Bob & Roberta Smith.

The banners will be displayed at The Lightbox, Woking from Tuesday 29 September 2020 – Sunday 18 October 2020.

The project is free to DAiSY groups and is funded by Surrey Arts and DAiSY.

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