Our Lady’s Abingdon School (OLA) this week will play host to a public exhibition of 300 hand-stitched jigsaw pieces.
Last year staff and pupils throughout the school created almost 40 jigsaw pieces for The Jigsaw Project. The project was co-ordinated by the Craftivist Collective, a social movement that campaigns against poverty and injustice. Using the hashtag ‘I’m a piece of the jigsaw’, the public was asked to embroider jigsaw pieces with messages in support of Save the Children’s 2013 Race Against Hunger campaign.
OLA’s efforts became part of an installation of more than 700 jigsaw pieces, which was launched by Save the Children in Manchester.
After making various stops around the UK, 300 of the jigsaw pieces returned to Oxford in January 2014 for an exhibition at Wolfson College, thanks to OLA’s Head of Textiles, Mrs Karen Rowe, and her friend Alex Messenger. And, from next week, it will be OLA’s turn to host the ‘I’m a piece of the jigsaw’ exhibition.
Mrs Rowe said: “Alex and I wanted to maintain the profile of this project and keep the Save the Children campaign going in whatever way we could. We have both been energised by the whole idea of using craft to communicate important ideas.
“As a Textiles teacher the Craftivism projects are a great way to introduce social issues to my pupils. There is always something new and important to think about, and it means we can explore issues in an informal way.”
The exhibition at OLA will run from Monday 10th until Friday 21st March. It is open to members of the public on weekdays, between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and again between 2.00pm and 3.30pm.