It's a funny thing - at the beginning of this week I felt a bit lost. All that intense thinking and writing and editing for my final dissertation - then it is handed in and all I have to do is wait.
Instead I can now focus on my EAST textile art work (above). I can also prepare for the Being Human Festival 2017 running from 17 to 25 November 2017. Organised by the School of Advanced Study, University of London I am part of just one of a hundreds of events relative to studies in the humanities. Talks, workshops, guided walks, exhibitions are held all over the country and this year, internationally too. The theme for this year is Lost and Found
So on Saturday 18 November you will find me involved in Finding Through Feeling, at the Foundling Museum, London. There will be a handling session allowing visitors to engage with some replicas of foundling tokens and 18th century infant clothing. Such activities are held regularly now at the museum - usually the last Saturday of the month. It is always fascinating being part of the conversations that come out of these events.
Looking through the festival brochure I found some other events that seem to have some textile/craft/token related elements -
Also on Saturday 18 November at the British Museum, the London Metropolitan Archives are running a day of talks, weaving and object handling related to the Somali object display.
On Monday 20 November, Queen Mary University of London's Centre for the History of the Emotions are running an event at the Royal College of Nursing looking at the power of objects. There will be puppetry workshops, emotional talismans and displays of healing objects.
On Thursday 23 November the University of the Arts London are hosting an event at the Museum of London looking at living in the city. The event looks at how fashion connects people and place and includes a T-shirt design workshop as a way of recognising the importance of community within the city.
Also on Thursday 23 November the Royal College of Art are investigating bereavement and mental health issues through textiles.
Further afield in Newcastle Upon Tyne there is The Great Knitting Workshop: Picking up Dropped Stitches looking at the history of knitting - also on Thursday 23 November. This is being run by Northumbria University at The Literary and Philosophical Society Library.
The whole festival runs between 17 and 25 November and although there are paper versions of the brochure it is also possible to view on line - beinghumanfestival.org for more information. Some events have to be booked in advance and the website should have the links.