Common Threads Intergenerational Rag Rugs project
The start of an enormous circular plaited rug...!
Jessica led a series of projects at the High School in Aylsham, in the Drill Hall in Aylsham with the over-50's Art Club, at 3 local sheltered housing venues, at Runwood Nursing Home, and at Hevingham Old Rectory Residential Home for Adults with complex needs.
Young people and adults worked shoulder-to-shoulder to cut masses of donated unwanted denim jeans and colourful old T-shirts into long 3" strips. These were then made into VERY long plaits, which were then coiled and strung together to make lovely, strong rag rugs and wall hangings, now on display in the various venues in which they were worked on.
This project was an excellent demonstration of the imaginative use of recycled materials, and of the friendly co-operation, learning process and reminiscense possible when groups at opposite ends of the age-spectrum come together with a common task.