Guests admiring the artwork in its new location at Diamond Light Source
Under the guidance of leading textile artist, Anne Griffiths, over 1,000 individuals have contributed to the production of a piece of striking textile art using a variety of techniques including patchwork, quilting, hand and machine embroidery. The ceremony held on Tuesday, saw the artwork installed in its final position, having reached the end of a tour of venues in the county where it has been seen by thousands of local residents.
|WI members in the Diamond atrium|
The project was officially set in motion on 22 April 2006 when the first stitch was embroidered by Pauline Goddard, Chairman of the Oxfordshire Federation of WIs, at the Weston-on-the-Green group meeting. This was the beginning of a remarkable journey for this particular panel, which went on to appear at numerous WI group meetings, local institutes, open days, coach trips and even a carol service! By the end of the project, over 1000 people had contributed at least one stitch to this panel, including a number of Diamond staff and scientists.
Clare Dimond from the BA, Diamond scientist Nick Terrill, textile artist Anne Griffiths and Diamond scientists Jose Brandao-Neto and Ralf Flaig show off some of the panels.
The Designs for Life project has been a collaboration between The Oxford Trust, Diamond Light Source and the Oxfordshire Federation of the Womens Institute (WI), with funding from the Wellcome Trust.
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