Get creative through Gathering Memories textile project for Alzheimer's Society in Hampshire

A group of Hampshire textile artists from near Southampton have set up a community project called Gathering Memories.

The project hopes to raise more than £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Society by donations towards a limited edition sewing kit, with everything that’s needed to make a piece of textile art based upon memories. Create your masterpiece by attaching the silk to other material in the kit and decorating with stitches and beads.

The project was initiated by a team of Textile Artists, Elizabeth Saunders, Wendy Fleckner, Jane Ashe, Mary Booy and Jeanette Neale following on from a previous art work installation called ‘Gathered Memories’ (  The original project was an installation of tea dyed silk strands gathered with gold thread. The concept of which suggests how precious memories can be, how they twist and turn yet bounce back when least expected.

The ‘Gathering Memories’ Project Kit can be obtained for a minimum donation of £5 (plus £1.25 postage). It contains a silk strand, needle and threads but you can incorporate some of your own materials or even printed photographs, to make your own A5 sized memory.

Alzheimer's Society, Community Fundraiser Natalie Bettinson for Hampshire, Isle of Wight & Channel Islands welcomed Elizabeth, Wendy, Jane, Mary & Jeanette’s decision to help raise money for the charity. She said: 

“It’s wonderful that the members of the Gathering Memories Project are giving their time to support Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia devastates lives, but dementia won’t win. Until the day we find a cure we will be here for anyone affected by dementia, where they are, whatever they’re going through. We need more people to support this project and purchase their kit to make their own memory, to join us now and unite against dementia.”

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