Silk and Vase painting with Aaina Women’s Group and West Hampstead Women’s Group

On the morning of Wednesday the 6th June myself and Amber Khokhar visited Aaina Women’s group to continue working on the group’s silk scrolls. So far the ladies have dyed their long pieces of silk lots of very different and vibrant colours. They are now planning on the drawings they will apply to their silks which are inspired by the themes of ’Travel’ and ‘Journeys’ with the ladies thinking about the long journeys they made in moving to England many years ago. Once they have their drawings on paper the ladies put their paper under their silk and trace over the lines using a special Gutta pen.  The group will then apply silk paints to add lots of exciting colours to their silks.  Here are some pictures of their designs and the Gutta process.

During the afternoon myself and Amber visited West Hampstead Women’s group so the the ladies could complete their vases they have been working on for the exhibition. The group have worked really hard and created some really beautiful vases using blue and turquoise glass paints. We were also lucky enough to be joined by some of the lady’s grandchildren who also painted vases which will feature in the Community Exhibition that will be displayed at the Wallace Collection in January 2012.

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Yesterday, I visited Aaina Women’s group to take part in their half term community day in which I helped participating children and ladies to paint tiles for the project’s community exhibition. I think you’ll agree by looking at the following photographs that everyone produced some really fantastic and very skilled tiles. This was a really fun and lovely day and as well as tile painting the ladies celebrated with henna hand painting, Indian head massages, eyebrow threading, manicures, health checks and a delicious lunch of chicken biryani!

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