Norfolk Christian-inspired Cloth of Kindness exhibition
‘Love is the Thread' is a new exhibition at the Burning Bush Barn in South Norfolk showcasing the work of the Cloth of Kindness Project, an arts and wellbeing initiative developed by a Norfolk Christian artist for cancer patients and users of the Big C Centres across Norfolk.
From 2pm-5pm on Monday, June 10- Sunday, June 16 a new exhibition called ‘Love is the Thread’ will showcase the work of the Cloth of Kindness Health and Wellbeing Textile Arts Project at the Burning Bush Barn Contemplative Arts Space in Rockland St Mary, six miles southeast of Norwich.
The exhibition is part of National Creativity and Wellbeing Week, which has events planned across Norfolk.
The Cloth of Kindness Health and Wellbeing Textile Arts was conceived by Norfolk television producer, director and artist Sally-Anne Lomas (pictured left).
Sally-Anne began the project at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital when patients, staff, visitors and volunteers were invited to sew their thoughts on compassion onto patches of material which were sewn together into a Cloth of Kindness. She was inspired to start the project by the writings of Julian of Norwich, the 14th century mystic famous for the phrase ‘All shall be well and all shall be well’ and the beautiful embroidered letters of Lorina Bulmer, resident in the Great Yarmouth Workhouse in the late C19th.
Cloths of Kindness have since been made with the Big C centres in Norwich, King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth and with the James Paget Hospital.
Sally-Anne Lomas said, “The sewing skills needed to participate in a Cloth of Kindness are basic and easily learnt. It is a low energy, creative activity open to everyone and the focus on kindness is uplifting. Each patch is personal and unique, but sewn together they make something even greater as a whole.”
All are welcome to visit the free exhibition and the additional free events which include a ‘Writing and Wellbeing’ evening on Saturday, June 15, 6.30pm - 8.30pm with readings by local writers and discussion on relationship between health and writing.
On Sunday, June 16, 4pm a Special Creative Communion Service for Health and Wellbeing will be led by Canon Eleanor Langan, former Chaplain at NNUH.
The Burning Bush Barn Contemplative Arts Space, Rockland St Mary, Norfolk, NR14 7EY