Textile artist Lone Helliwell has been appointed to work with community groups in Barnard Castle and Teesdale to create a textile art installation for the Winning Words project.
Lone, whose mother was a tailoress and father a costume master for the Royal Danish ballet, will involve local people in converting Anne Dauber's winning poem The Great Grey Barn into a picture style wall hanging.
Lone has many years of experience as a facilitating artist, working on large community textile projects as well as gaining a reputation for designing bespoke soft furnishings for both hotels and country houses.
The finished piece will be about 20" square and made up of smaller sections. Each square will depict part of the poem using different textile techniques such as knitting, felting, applique, weaving, clippy/hook rug methods and embroidery.
Lone will source locally spun wool for the project and dye it to the colours required. Woodworker and husband Chris is providing large hand-turned knitting needles for the occasion.
A greater number of pieces will be made and the 16 most appropriate ones will be assembled to create the art installation. This will be launched at NeST gallery in Barnard Castle on National Poetry Day before going on tour around local village halls, businesses and community spaces.
Drop-in sessions at NeST gallery, 25 Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NG will be held on Tuesday 12th June from 1.30-3.30p.m., Friday 15th June and 13th July from 2-4p.m. These sessions are free of charge and open to all ages and abilities.
Individuals and groups wishing to take part in the project, either to learn new skills or practice existing ones should contact project lead Judith Lesley Marshall via firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07413 101014.