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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.

Crossing Borders
Exhibition of recent work at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square
Opening on Tuesday March 3rd 6-8 pm running till Sunday March 15.

An exhibition which explores the borders of diverse communities in East London. It uses art to bring together professional artists and non-professional makers, old and young, disabled and abled, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, and many ethnicities. Playing on the theme of borders, it has taken traditional border decorations from around the world and combined them in a strikingly innovative way, reflecting the intense cultural diversity of East London.

The theme is explored through puppets, hangings, printed textiles, decorated papers and booklets.

Of the 120 participants, some have studied textiles abroad and bring exceptional craftsmanship to the project; others have developed skills to a high level through the eight year history of the project.

East London Textile Arts creates striking artwork within communities, and sells its cards and decorated papers at open days and craft shops in East London. 50% of its work is with adults with learning disabilities, and it collaborates with visiting artists while training unemployed young people.

Future Projects
Dental Embroideries - in partnership with Kent Community Health NHS Trust July (date and place to be confirmed)

Deities, Beasts and Motifs at The Hellenic Centre, London, September 24-27

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.