Bringing home International Women’s Day 2012

To the 72 year old Chinese Mauritian Londoner who over the year left the confines of her kitchen and  crochet,  stuffed her Freedom Pass into her noodle- box and went afar over the bridge to Stratford to sing ,  marched the Black Path for crocus bulbs out of Organiclea’s muddy bags, and stitched curtains for The Mill, went on across the Lea  into Darnley Road to mould and finger clay, on to Queensbridge Road to thread beads, into Ridley Road Market to use a mic, upstairs into Intergenerational BSix’s unknown, and tasted Hackney big time, for the first time: To she who witnessed cusses on stage and learnt the joy of Hip Hop and S.E. Singers’ soul, who banged wool into felt in E17 and copied William M’s designs, to she who traipsed castles in Kent and twisted into shape a tea pot of plastic crochet whilst observing earth works from a tower on The Greenway, to that woman I offer my salute.

NB And she couldn’t have done it without Up Your Street.

Up Your Street issue 37

 

Thurs Sept 15th  free     10-noon The Mill, Coppermill Lane.

Patchwork jeans workshop .(bring cuppa cash!)

                            free    1-2pm St John’s Church E11. flute and cello concert.

(by LeytonstoneStation)

                          free  11-noon  Book Brunchers  at Sutton House, Homerton High St

discussing Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” .

free   6.15-7.45pm Stamford Hill Library N16.

Author Marilyn Mendoza talks about her book

“Agrophobia To Zen”                                                                                                                                                          

Fri Sept     16th free. 2-4pm Woodford Green Library.Ilford. Reminiscence session.

(see Sept 21st)
                            free 10am Hermitage Community Moorings, 16 Wapping High Street.             Mudlarking on the Thames foreshore. Bring your wellies.
free 7pm Hermitage Community Moorings. Evening of music and fun. Bring your

whistle, fiddle, voice! No need to book.

Sat Sept    17th free (18th too) Celebrate the finale of the oral history project

“A Sense Of    Place” at The Hermitage Community Moorings in Wapping with 2 days of films, photographs, recordings and
a very pleasant venue! Just turn up.
free 1-4pm Abbey Gardens Harvest Festival. Bakers Rd E15

Sat  Sept 17th  free noon,2pm, 4pm. Just turn up to Dalston Eastern Curve (people’s) Garden and hear all about the transition from scrub to beauty. (opp Dalston Junction station)

Sun Sept    18th  free   1-7pm Leytonstone Car Free Day. Church Lane
E11 . Geno Washington on stage . Watch out for  beauty treatments marquee and crochet crafts.
(Thanks to Lynne for info). Plenty of good food and cheeses too!

Tues Sept  20th  free 1.30pm The Mill, Coppermill Lane.E17

“Recycled Teenagers“(seniors meet-up)

  Sept 21st               First day of Autumn

 Wed 21st Sept      free  1.10-1.40pm St John’s Church E15 Stratford
“The Barbican Trio” play.
free 10-noon Wanstead Library. Reminiscence Session under “ East London People’s Archive”.
free 6.30-7.30pm. Hackney Central Library reading group discussing
“On Chesil Beach” by Ian McEwan

Thurs 22nd Sept free until 28/9 10-6pm @1a Darnley Rd .Hackney (opp Hackney Town Hall) Paintings by Nina carter and Rebecca Hunter.

 

Sun 25th Sept   free noon  “UpRise Festival” against racism.

Main venue Gillett Square, Dalston  N 16.

And One Day I Will Say

One day I will say “I helped make those curtains!” Today I never really knew what I’d be doing in a workshop called “Patchwork Jeans”; it was better than I thought. At the Mill, Jenny showed us the beautiful denim curtains she’d made earlier, the pile of old blue jeans and the four Singer old style sewing machines.”Get creative ! I’ll make the tea for 50p”.

We appliqued our cut-outs onto the massive curtains, which will be hung on the massive Mill windows in Coppermill Lane E17, at a ferocious speed! Two more sessions to go.

Very relaxing and creative.