A collaborative wall hanging celebrating good mental health is now on show at The Springs in Thorpe Park, Leeds.
Earlier this year Leeds artist Sandy Holden put a call-out to the Cross Gates and Garforth area inviting local creatives to join her in creating a collaborative textile piece.
Over 50 people responded to the call-out and individual creative packs were sent out to people’s homes. The brief was very open: "use the fabric, threads and beads to create an embroidered piece that had some personal meaning to you."
The response was amazing and within a couple of weeks beautiful pieces started to arrive back through the post. Some of the work was purely abstract whilst other pieces had special and personal meaning and hand stitched messages.
These beautiful, individual pieces were then sewn together to make a wall hanging. You can view the individual pieces here.
The piece is part of a project called ‘Love Arts Local’ which is funded by Leeds Community Foundation. The project offers a creative way of dealing with mental ill-health in particular areas of Leeds. Love Arts aims to unite Leeds around the idea of creativity and mental well-being, through events, workshops, festivals, campaigns and more.
The hanging is now on display in the unit next to Caffe Nero until early 2021. If you get a chance to pop down to the Springs once Covid restrictions ease, do let us know what you think! Thanks to Ian and David at The Springs for hosting the work.