Posts made in July, 2016

Women’s interfaith project

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Women’s interfaith project

In ‘Letters of Our Lives’, a women’s interfaith project in Birmingham, I worked with around 40 women, mainly Muslim and Jewish, for a series of creative workshops. Working with Isra UK, a Muslim charity who work with women in Sparkbrook, and with Nisa Nashim, a Jewish-Muslim women’s network, our project was funded by Near Neighbours. Exploring in Arabic, Hebrew and English, we set out to write, decorate and share some of the texts which speak to us. We compared the Arabic and Hebrew alphabets, which we learned share common roots in ancient Phoenician. We wrote the stories of our names, and shared advice for life from our faiths, discovering...

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Birmingham Conversations

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Birmingham Conversations

from Innit Birmingham is a huge city, innit, a body of a million of us living innit, born and bred, or bringing worlds with innit… Steeples, stupas, minarets and domes, our skyline holds our flux and mixtures innit… What’s the city’s purpose? Do bees choose the hive? How to keep our eyes open, live the city as a mutual dance so all can find step with innit, who are closed, defended or despairing, who we disagree with, or dislike, and still believe in collaboration innit. That’s the purpose, innit? It’s been a fascinating and challenging process, the Birmingham Conversations, bringing together people of many faiths and none, to explore the role of faith...

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Silver Treasure

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Silver Treasure

Filigree Twist of History An endless history of twists and turns Of gold and garnet, silver and sapphire, Jewelled weapons of warriors, holding Never-ending swirls of wind and water, coiled snakes and curled leaves, Lazy streams and calm clouds, wings and beaks of birds entwined. Dream-inspired designs Made with precious metal and silversmiths’ ancient skills, Cutting, carving, heating, soldering, Embossing, hammering, smoothing, polishing, Passed down through generations or hidden, lost and found. Now, real or replica, displayed in museum glass cases, Or glistening in shop windows, (Window-shopping wishing), And in workshops, studios and schools, Still hammering,...

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