The Big Weave comes to town

PUBLISHED: 03:52 21 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:31 20 February 2013

The Big Weave comes to town

The Big Weave comes to town

Schools to join celebration of Olympics and Paralympics

The Big Weave is coming to schools in Oxfordshire and Berkshire as part of the Thames Valleys spectacular project to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Children will have the opportunity of working with two weavers/artists to create a huge and fabulous community tapestry, leaving lasting memories of the unparalleled experience the project has given the area. The final touches of the Tree of Light tapestry will be made live at the projects finale performance at Stonor Park on 21 July.

The Big Weave was set up by Diane Wood, Caroline Marriott and Maiden Erlegh Community Arts to bring weaving into schools and communities, giving everyone the opportunity to learn new skills and participate in the creation of unique pieces of community artwork.

Twelve of the schools involved with The Tree of Light will learn simple weaving techniques and will have their very own chance to weave their thread into the Tree of Light community tapestry. The workshops, as part of the Tree of Light, have been made possible through collaboration between Maiden Erlegh School, Henley Festival and The Big Weave. The Looms and weavers will also be at the Oxford Torch Relay as well as Stonor Park.

The Big Weave co-founder Diane Wood says: We hope that the knowledge and understanding acquired through our fun learning-by-doing weaving activities will allow children and adults to experience a real sense of achievement. Were delighted to be part of The Tree of Light project and contributing to the shared memories that it will leave behind.

Valerie Bowman, community arts manager at Maiden Erlegh School, who are primary funders of the Tree of Light weaving activities, says: We are not only taking weaving out into the community and increasing the number of people weaving, we are also encouraging new learning-skills.

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