East London Textile Arts is an independent organisation working in East London. It was set up by local people of different faiths and ethnicities to make textiles that reflect the cultural diversity of the area.

A small project reliant on our own fundraising, we work in partnership with local community centres. We also have an outreach program aimed at people who cannot access mainstream creative opportunities for reasons of health, family ties or economic constraints.

Tales of Diabetes, Stories of Teeth
Exhibition at the Art Workers Guild
Open Tuesday 15th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March 10-5 pm.
All welcome

Following our booklet 'Looking After Your Teeth', 'Tales of Diabetes' will be published later in the year and this is an exhibition of the artwork. It is an imaginative exploration of what it feels like to have diabetes. Organs have been embroidered along with miniature dinosaurs, who travel through a body discovering the wreckage diabetes has created. Sugar in the body, organs made into bags, life size puppets, (including one blind as a result of diabetes), fabrics printed with repeat organ patterns ready to be made into clothes, all feature in this show along with an informative catalogue explaining how the pieces relate to diabetes. The exhibition includes work by adults with learning disabilities.

The project is supported by Awards for All and the London Borough of Newham, and advised by Newham Public Health. The resulting booklet will be published in partnership with Manor Park Community Neighbourhood Team and distributed through Newham libraries, community centres, schools and health bodies.

Future Projects:
Our Street Dress
St Barnabas Church Heritage Project
Spiders and Sparrow hawks - environmental project based on East Ham Nature Reserve and Newham City Farm

East London Textile Arts creates striking artwork within communities, and sells its cards and decorated papers at open days and craft shops in East London. 50% of its work is with adults with learning disabilities, and it collaborates with visiting artists while training unemployed young people.
For information about our weekly textile classes please visit our blog or email eastlondontextilearts@gmail.com tel 0208 471 2656.
All are welcome from beginners to highly skilled.

All information on textile resources and suppliers is on the links page.