Fabric of Ashford weaves magic back into the high street

Posted on 14 July 2021

Ashford’s high street will come to life with an explosion of colour from this weekend (Saturday 17 July) as beautiful fabric creations decorate the Bandstand and town centre as part of The Fabric of Ashford; an inspiring art installation created by and for the local Ashford community.

In partnership with London-based event company Emergency Exit Arts, Loveashford is delighted to host The Fabric of Ashford, a community co-creation art project which will see the bandstand beautifully decorated with colourful fabric squares, created and designed by the local community.

The installation will be an epic collective effort that grows in length over the summer, and will live on as a historical piece capturing Ashford’s journey to recovery following the pandemic.

Three free textile workshops will take place in the town centre throughout July and August, allowing the public to create fabric-based artwork to contribute to the installation.

Themed fabrics

People will be encouraged to think about three key themes when creating their individual sections:

  • Tribute: a moment to commemorate who and what we have lost.
  • Together: how has the Ashford community come together and who can we celebrate?
  • Tomorrow: a new day. Looking forward with hope and reimagining a new dawn.

Over the course of the summer, the fabric squares will be brought together to form a poignant tribute, making it a living, growing piece of art which will remain in place until the early autumn.

For those unable to attend the workshops, donated fabric can be collected from Made in Ashford in Park Mall for people to craft their creations from the comfort of their own home. They can then be dropped back to the shop and added to the installation.

Workshop times and dates

Saturday 17 July

1pm – 6pm at Ashford Bandstand

Saturday 31st July

Workshop 1: Victoria Park (by the Hubert Fountain) 1pm-4pm

Workshop 2: Elwick Place, 5pm-8pm

Saturday 14th August

Workshop 1: Victoria Park (by the Hubert Fountain), 1pm-4pm

Workshop 2: Elwick Place, 5pm-8pm

Of the installation, Ashford Borough Council’s Portfolio holder for Regeneration and Corporate Property Cllr Nathan Iliffe, said: “This is the first time we’ve been able to facilitate an event in the town centre since the onset of the pandemic and the reopening of the high street. We hope that the Fabric of Ashford not only creates a vibrant, visually attractive centrepiece for the town, but also brings the community together to look back on the past year and look forward to the future.”

For more information on the Fabric of Ashford, visit Loveashford.