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.
Throughout 2019 over 90 DAiSY artists visited RHS Garden Wisley, exploring its rich apple growing heritage, taking part in over 40 workshops. ‘The Apple Project’ culminated in an exhibition of photography, print and writing celebrating the orchard across the seasons, the ageless symbolism of this eponymous fruit, and the unique varieties the artists uncovered.
The exhibition also features artwork from DAiSY bursary awardees Liz Mulvaney (Creative Writing), Melissa Ryland (Printmaking) and Jay Neal-Smith (Photography).
During the making of ‘Flotilla’, our project where Daisy organisations responded to the life and work of James Henry Pullen, we were lucky enough to be joined by local film maker and Daisy member Gary Thomas. He has put together a documentary video including interviews with participants and the creative team, a taste of the final exhibition and Stopgap Dance Company Chris Pavia’s solo performance of ‘Captain’s Duties’.