East London Textile Arts is an independent organisation working in East London. It was set up by local people of different faiths and ethnicities to make textiles that reflect the cultural diversity of the area.

A small project reliant on our own fundraising, we work in partnership with local community centres. We also have an outreach program aimed at people who cannot access mainstream creative opportunities for reasons of health, family ties or economic constraints.

This summer we are pleased to be part of Yan Tan Tethera - an Arts Council funded project exploring and celebrating the connections between the making of textiles and song.

It is curated by David Littler in partnership with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and involves once again our friends at Prick Your Finger, Bethnal Green.

The McGrath Makers, a group of adults with learning disabilities, are making a dancing outfit, which combines both Western and Asian styles, with the help of Sonia Tuttiett, Sandra Christopher and Sophie Ramsay. We have made the trousers and are working on the top. The finished clothes will be worn at Yan Tan Tether's summer events at Cecil House.

For more information go to textilefolksong.co.uk

Future Projects
We are developing work for exhibitions at The Hellenic Centre and the Gallery in the Crypt at St Martin-in-the- Fields,2015. We will post exhibition dates later in the year.

For information about our weekly textile classes please visit our blog or email eastlondontextilearts@gmail.com tel 0208 471 2656.
All are welcome from beginners to highly skilled.

All information on textile resources and suppliers is on the links page.