Resonant Threads: Crafting Community Voices

Resonant Threads adopts collaborative techniques to create a series of crafted artefacts, which investigate how community voices can be incorporated into a multilayered design practice.

It came out of a project called ‘Reimagine your town’ by a local artist called Becalalis Brodski. This aimed to bring the community of Penryn together for workshops and events that would help create dialogue around the past, present and future of the town. It included storytelling and approaches to visualizing and animating those stories and ideas offered, which would influence and form part of my own research.

A vacant shop in Penryn was transformed into a popup workshop space “where residents began to create an interactive map and archive of their town’s past, present and future”. Residents of all ages, from all community groups were facilitated to contribute to the map and begin an archive of real and imagined ideas, stories and memories through shared conversations, workshops and guided walks. (Mapping was used as a strategy)

Below are some examples of the objects that were made by the W.I group, mementoes that capture the essence of their memories. These will be used as prompts to develop a further series of objects to highlight their recollections, using digital capability to deepen engagement with their stories.

Using the Marigold Bus to Deliver Lunches
One of the ladies remembered yellow Marigold buses delivering lunches to the men working in the dockyard. These were hot meals made by their wives, packed and delivered in wicker hampers.