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Felting Connections 

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Felting Connections
An exhibition by Lena Archbold

Organised by Sangini and Arts Centre Washington

Date: 23.05.24 - 29.06.24

Venue: Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, NE38 8AB

Felting Connections is an exhibition by Ukrainian-born textile artist based in the North East of England. It is inspired by Lena's artistic journey to address personal traumas and process of recovery and well-being through her creative practice.  Lena uses felt as a canvas to
intertwine textures and colours and tell stories of her passion and resilience.

The exhibition will showcase  her works, a vessel through which she teaches and shares felting techniques and skills. These works symbolise the boundless possibilities that unfold  fostering a worldwide community of feltmakers. The exhibition showcases the boundless possibilities that unfold through participatory creativity, fostering a global community of feltmakers.

The Exhibition

Lena Archbold's exhibition, "Felting Connections," embodies a profound narrative of resilience, community, and self-discovery through the medium of felt-making and textile art. Lena's journey as an artist reflects her personal experiences of adversity, healing, and the power of human connection, inviting viewers to delve into the transformative essence of her creations.

Themes of Resilience and Hope. The exhibition is a chronicle of Lena's personal journey, symbolizing her resilience in overcoming challenges such as battling cancer and after-cancer depression. Each artwork encapsulates a story of survival and triumph, resonating with themes of hope, transformation, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Community and Connection. Lena's artwork extends beyond individual narratives, weaving in broader themes of community and solidarity. Her collaborative projects emphasize the interconnectedness of shared human experiences, highlighting the importance of support networks in times of adversity.

In a gesture of solidarity with Ukraine, "Felting Connections" will feature a special exhibit of yellow and blue felted, crochet, and knotted brooches contributed by artists from around the world. Each unique flower brooch represents a collective expression of unity and compassion. Following the exhibition, each flower brooch will be available for purchase, with proceeds dedicated to raising funds for Ukraine. This collaborative initiative underscores the exhibition's commitment to leveraging art for positive change and global solidarity.

Incorporation of Ukrainian Heritage. Drawing from her Ukrainian roots, Lena infuses her art with elements of Ukrainian art and culture. This incorporation adds a deep sense of identity and connection to her work, celebrating her heritage while shedding light on universal themes of resilience and solidarity.

Art as a Catalyst for Healing. Through vibrant colors, personal narratives, and visual storytelling, Lena's artwork serves as a catalyst for healing and personal growth. Her exploration of life's complexities and imperfections underscores the transformative power of art in navigating challenges and finding beauty amidst chaos.

Empowerment and Self-Expression. Lena's creative process reflects empowerment and self-expression, demonstrating how art can empower individuals and communities. Her workshops and collaborative artworks further emphasize the role of creativity in fostering connection and resilience.

Support from Sangini. Supported by Sangini, a community arts project committed to ending gender-based violence, Lena's exhibition represents a significant milestone in her artistic journey. The partnership underscores the exhibition's commitment to promoting inclusivity, empowerment, and social change through art.

"Felting Connections" is not only a showcase of artistic prowess but also a testament to the human spirit's capacity for resilience, hope, and connection. Through Lena Archbold's evocative creations, viewers are invited to reflect on their own journeys and find inspiration in the transformative power of art and community.

By Manmeet K Walia 

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