Tree of Life
In April 2005 the Arts Development Council approached us to ask if we would like to be involved with a community ‘common threads’ Project in partnership with the Embroiderers Guild, the London Borough of Merton and the Arts Council. The theme of the project was hands and feet made out of felt. This was our starting point.We encouraged our families to take part in both our Family Group and our Teenage Parents Group. We set about making our own felt in all sorts of colours. Next, the families drew around their hands and feet and pinned them to the felt pieces which were then cut out.
The families took their hands and feet home to embroider, decorate and personalise however they wished.
Our parents said they had really enjoyed the project and found sewing therapeutic and calming. Soon everyone wanted to become involved – even the staff and some of the volunteers.
We decided that we would create a tree of life. The roots of the tree were represented by the teenage mothers’ feet; the trunk symbolised the staff and volunteers; the branches symbolised the parents hands and the leaves are the children’s hands – symbolising a new beginning. Everyone involved felt hugely proud of their achievement, and the unveiling of the work took pride of place at our AGM in 2005.