Black Icons: In Print Take Two

Black Icons, FAD Projects, Heritage
At the beginning of December our second cohort of heritage volunteers gathered up their sketchbooks and headed to Peckham for a day of screen printing at Sonsoles’ studio.

After some solid days spent researching black icons from the 1920s and 30s at the Black Cultural Archives, British Film Institute and the British Library, it was time to get creative.  As with the first group of volunteers, their task was to design a print centred on an inspirational black person from the British jazz period.


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From performer Elizabeth Welch to boxer and politician Len Johnson, the young volunteers immortalised their chosen icons in fabric, creating pieces which will later be sewn into giant cushions for the Black Cultural Archives learning centre.

They also printed lengths of cloth (requiring lots of patience and teamwork) to use as installations and wrapped garments for the project’s magazine, which will be produced and distributed to schools next year.

Read the volunteer’s stories about the inspirational black people they have discovered in London’s archives. If you are a young person interested in getting involved in this project in 2016 please email Joanna Bradford at FAD.

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