A Different LENS: Thread and Word

A Different Lens is an online event by Thread and Word for the Margate Bookie. It connects to how we overcome challenging events in our lives, through the writing of visually impaired authors. Artists’ responses to the texts form a virtual walk around Margate through an interactive online map which can be accessed on a laptop or mobile phone. 



What is your practice?

I am a textile artist who brings her experience of teaching and research into performative works . In 2012 I formed a group called Thread and Word.Through call outs I work collaboratively to develop work with a focus on materials and process, using walking as a method to explore creativity. 

What drew you to this artform?

My family’s background as emigrees to Argentina and my own reverse emigration to the UK, as an overseas student are strong influences in my work. I was born in La Paz Bolivia and my parents were both born in Argentina. I came to the UK as a student when I was nineteen. I am an artist with a background in sociology. I am  interested in the connections between cultures and places and how we create a sense of belonging and make connections to places.

Who is your art hero?

Ernesto Neto 

As restrictions are lifting where will you be heading to first in Margate?

I would want to go to East Kent Mencap and also visit Well projects as they are next door and I have good friends there. But I think I’d head to The Garden Gate first as I love the outdoors, the gardens and have many friends there too.

Tell us a bit about this place

The Garden Gate Project is for adults with learning disabilities or mental health issues. It is a tranquil garden open to everyone. It is set in a one and a half acre walled garden within Northdown Park, Cliftonville. The garden offers horticultural therapy to adults living with mental health issues and/or learning difficulties. You always get a warm welcome when you visit and the garden holds events and festivals throughout the year. Some of the Garden Gate community  members also belong to East Kent Mencap and are creating entries for our digital map. 

What do you see the artist’s role being in the overall effort to dismantle systemic racism?

The artist’s role to dismantle systemic racism is to create a safe place for open dialogue. Here you can create work that can engage with thinking about and asking difficult questions from yourself and others. Through your work you can then engage in a wider debate through social engagement within the local community about  their and your relationship with the wider world.