‘Dreaming of Summer Rain’ is a participatory project delivered in partnership with Birmingham Settlement’s Centre for the Aston Family, Saathi House, Sister2Sister, Aging Well and artist Melanie Tomlinson.
Funded as part of ‘Culture on your Doorstep’, the project will draw to a close with the launch of Mel’s ‘Dreaming of Summer Rain’ artwork that takes place on Wednesday the 14th March, 12- 2pm – please do join us!
Melanie worked with women visiting the centre to produce a mix of quirky, creative pieces that drew upon the diversity of cultures and communities living in the area. The work recognises links between African and Asian patterns and forms.
The women who worked with Mel all produced small objects and artifacts that also decorated their homes and gardens. They enjoyed informal, fun workshop sessions. They used wire, textiles, metal, paper and polystyrene to create a range of small mobiles, scarf pins and decorative objects - for visuals see the photographs.
Melanie drew upon their ideas, thoughts and designs to produce a fantastic 3D sculpture that draws light down into the main room and plays with pattern and reflection in a contemporary manner.
The project focused upon connections between Asian and African communities, celebrating the shared links between cultures, as well as shared experiences, values and histories.