ICLS and Keighley Pride are working together on a community Pride flag and need your help! We are inviting people across the town to contribute to a patchwork flag, made from hundreds of colourful squares that celebrate all aspects of the LGBTQ+ community.
Morwenna Catt, an internationally renowned textile artist, will be working as the artisitic lead to design and bring the flag together. She’ll be delivering workshops in real life (when we’re able to meet up again) and online. View more of her work here
Launching as part of LGBTQ+ History month and continuing until Keighley Pride at Cliffe Castle in August this year, there are lots of ways to get involved. Choosing one of the 11 colours in the Progress Pride design, you are invited to make individual textile patches with names and stories celebrating your queer inspirations. You might want to shout out a member of your family for coming out, or a celebrity who has helped you on your LGBTQ+ journey. Perhaps a local organisation helped you and your friends accept your identities, or you want to celebrate your own story!
Although we’re in lockdown there are lots of ways for people to be involved from coming to online sewing workshops and volunteering, to donating fabrics, sharing stories and sending digital photographs. We want the whole community to be involved; LGBTQ+ individuals, groups, and allies. Expert embroiderers and novice stitchers are all welcome to the project, lots of help will be given. We particularly want to hear stories from BAME communities. We want to reassure people that if anything is shared confidentially, this will be fully respected.
If you have clean non stretchy fabric (think shirt material) you’re able to donate, even if it’s small pieces we’d love to hear from you. We have a collection point at Cliffe Castle, please drop it off or send addressed to Heather Millard, Community Curator, Cliffe Castle, Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, BD20 6LH
If you would like a patch kit sent to you please complete this form
For patch templates download these here