Welcome to Weaving Women's Wisdom!
Launched by Touchstone in Bradford in the Autumn of 2014, Weaving Women's Wisdom has worked alongside 20 groups in Britain and Pakistan, to enable women to converse differently about matters of life and faith.
Each group considered four questions:
Who are the wise women that have influenced my life?
What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge?
Who are the holy women in my holy text and faith tradition?
What is the wisest piece of advice I have been given or read from one of the wise women we have discussed?
In light of this conversation, each group was provided with a starter pack of materials and the invitation to make a rug. Here are some of the diverse and colourful results!
As you can see, the rugs have used many traditional techniques from the UK and Pakistan, including 'rag rugging' and 'locker hooking' as well as some inventive designs! The results are stunning and have given great opportunities to women, who are often side-lined in more formal interfaith dialogue, to find their own voice.
Stephen Williams MP, Minister for Communities, who recently visited Touchstone to see the project said, 'It was fascinating to hear about how the project has developed into something much more than just inspiring interfaith friendships; how it had developed into forums where women could find a safe space to speak about issues which were of concern to them'.
The Carpet of Wisdom will be making a tour of the UK during 2015 and be exhibited in mosques, churches, cathedrals, schools and possibly even the Houses of Parliament.
In the light of current rises in religious tensions across the world-the Weaving Women's Wisdom project is a tangible demonstration that women off all faith can work creatively for peace. And produce something beautiful!
We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to all the groups that have participated, and to those that have funded the project including the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Together in Service fund.
Here are a few comments from the visitors book about the exhibition:
'A very interesting exhibition - a fascinating and original project'.
'An inspiring demonstration of the possible'.
'A magnificent example of how all faiths can come together in friendship, love and peace. Well done!'.
Rug postcards for sale - £3 a pack of 6!
Forthcoming dates for Carpet of Wisdom Exhibition
Saturday 17th October - Wednesday 21st October - St Andrews Methodist Church, Undercliffe, Bradford, BD2 4QP. For opening times, please contact Ruth at Touchstone on 01274 721626 or Rev Nick Blundell on 0845 6060820.
Monday 23rd November - Friday 27th November - St Paul's Church, Church St, Bradford, BD8 7LS. For opening times, please contact Ruth at Touchstone or the church on 01274 482495.
January 2016 - Bishop Street Methodist Church, Leicester. More details to follow.
Wednesday 10th February - Saturday 26th March 2016 - Bradford Cathedral. Details of opening times to follow.
Wednesday 30th March - Sunday 24th April 2016 - Ripon Cathedral. Details to follow.
If you are interested in hosting the exhibition, please contact Ruth Hilton at Touchstone. Tel: 01274 721626
Touchstone Faith to Faith worker: Jenny Ramsden Tel: 01274 721626 Email: faith2faith(@)touchstone-bradford.org.uk
Touchstone Creative co-ordinatior: Ruth Hilton Tel: 01274 721626 Email: ruth(@)touchstone-bradford.org.uk
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