I have just spent an enjoyable, challenging and exhausting weekend joining in with the Global Service Jam at Quad in Derby. It is the first time that I have ever been involved with something like this so I am giving some feedback on how I found it. To start with, here is some background information on what a Global Service Jam involves. The global bit is easy, it takes place all over the world on the same weekend or as near to that as is possible. This year over 100 cities joined in with Jam sites existing on six continents. On the poster below you can see the Derby Ram just over halfway down.
Yarn Bombing, yarn storming, knit graffiti is an activity that has really taken off in the last few years. It involves placing knitted, crocheted or felted items on railings, lampposts, trees, fences, bike stands and park benches. These items are left for the enjoyment of all who walk past them and they often disappear to find new homes where they continue to give pleasure. One of the most famous in this country has been achieved in Saltburn on the pier, details can be found here.
Derby is having a Peace and Justice Festival on Saturday September 14th. There are several venues around the city centre where things will be happening. There is plenty going on at The Guildhall from 10.00am-10.00pm, details can be found HERE.
There will also be activities in The Quaker Meeting House, St Helen’s Street, Derby DE1 3GY.
Yesterday I took two of my Grandchildren to join in with a group called the Young Embroiderers. It is the part of the Embroiderers Guild which is for young people aged 5 and above.
The Guild itself is a charity that welcomes all those who like to embroider or who would like to learn. Its aim is to build awareness of stitch and textile art. Their website says, ‘They educate, encourage, inspire, and promote the achievement of excellence.’ Everyone is welcome and there are groups all over the country, details can be found here www.embroiderersguild.com