First workshop - A photo story / by lucy jefferies

On Sunday 3rd July 2016, we ran our first workshop in Camden Market’s North Yard. We arrived at mid-morning to set up, just as the market stallholders were wheeling out their clothing rails and winding up their awning, and the deep fat fryers were starting to heat up in the food stalls along the way. We turned the picnic tables round to form one long communal table and got to work preparing our assortment of papers, new and old.  

We occupied a space in and amongst the stalls. Stallholders going about their business, selling their goods and doing their Sunday trade, introducing themselves to us and welcoming us to their patch.

We occupied a space in and amongst the stalls. Stallholders going about their business, selling their goods and doing their Sunday trade, introducing themselves to us and welcoming us to their patch.

A brief distraction away from browsing the market stalls to a table laden with brightly coloured papers. Flowers beginning to take shape.

A brief distraction away from browsing the market stalls to a table laden with brightly coloured papers. Flowers beginning to take shape.

Lunchtime drawing close, wandering passers-by picking up and the flower making gathering pace. 

Taking a pause in the hustle and bustle of the market place to sit and make

Sitting, making and then talking. The hum of chattering languages filled the air. 

The flower making gave way to conversation spanning languages. Some conversation turned to the recent referendum result. We talked about where we had come from and why we were here, in the market on a Sunday. We communicated through colours, our choice of materials for flowers saying a little about ourselves. Introducing ourselves to the person next to us with comparing glances at our flowers, the nervous laughter of stepping into the unknown and doing something different for 10 minutes.  Choosing our favourite colours for our flowers. The colours of the Jerusalem football team. 

The flower making gave way to conversation spanning languages. Some conversation turned to the recent referendum result. We talked about where we had come from and why we were here, in the market on a Sunday. We communicated through colours, our choice of materials for flowers saying a little about ourselves. Introducing ourselves to the person next to us with comparing glances at our flowers, the nervous laughter of stepping into the unknown and doing something different for 10 minutes. 

Choosing our favourite colours for our flowers. The colours of the Jerusalem football team. 

Many hands make light work

A little help along the way

Some wishes for the goddess Yemanjá in exchange for their offering…

Sixty people took part in Project Yemanjá on Sunday in Camden Market from Camden, London, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Turkey, USA, Israel, China, Venezuala, Australia and beyond!

Flowers ready to decorate the Yemanjá boat.

Come and make your own flower with Project Yemanjá because until you start, you never know what will happen, surprise yourself by what you can do. Our next workshop is on Sunday 17th July at St Pancras Square Library, 12 – 4pm.  

Find out more about Project Yemanjá here:

http://www.quietdownthere.co.uk/yemanja

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