A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Alex of Brighton Expression Sessions to host a table in the Creative Village area of Homeless Pride, a festival to celebrate and bring together the LGTBQ community who identify as either homeless or part of the travelling community. Homelessness is a complex umbrella term for what is a very real, vibrant and large community, especially here in Brighton. I met so many wonderful people, and the loom was really calling to people to connect with their stories, journeys and histories, and in its own special way, facilitated people to just talk and weave. It was a huge privilege to be part of this event, and the outcome is this Homeless Pride Community Blanket which was made by many hands.
One young man in particular, James, spent a long time at the loom, and I could see he was a natural at the technique, he has a real talent and I hope to be able to offer him some apprenticeship work in the near future. If anyone reading this has experience of setting up a charitable fund please get in touch, I would certainly be looking at setting something up based on this experience.
And to finish, James, a great Dr. Who fan, revealed to me that Time Lords aren’t born but ‘loomed’; the potential to weave a person into being, or at least, another version of ourselves.