The final event in the Spelthorne Making Surrey diary was the Ashford Carpark Challenge – 23rd-28th May..After a series of workshops in and around Ashford, the carpark became a focus for the project. We had discussed the idea of weaving, knitting and stitching the front of it, but when we calculated its surface area we realised just how big a job it was…!
Luckily we had the helping hands of Ashford community members who came along to a series of workshops held from the multistory carpark. Pupils from Thomas Knyvett College also lent a helping hand to decorate the 70metre lengths of fabric needed to weave the front.
Teaming up with local community, Ashford Pride, was fantastic and alot of hard work from everyone went into the big weave…Which began at 3pm Sat 26th, and finished at 2am on Sunday 27th…At one point the lights in the carpark switched off automatically, and so the final hours of the weaving were managed under car headlight…
All in all, it was a massive feat..See the links below for the mini film we made to document the weave as it crept across the front of the building!
On Monday 28th, it was time for the Carpark celebration..We had the new Mayor of the borough come along to open the newly decorated space and even Busbee, Ashford Prides mascot, came along on his harley Davidson Motorbike to say hello…See the second film below, which captured the evenings events.
The evening included a series of performances from Ashford Choir, workshops run by residents of Ashford, A film projection along the carpark wall so that all could enjoy the process behind the project, food, drinks, games..And much more..
At this point I want to say a huge thankyou for everyone who was involved with the project…Nicole Line, Ashford Pride, Ashford community members, Ashford Library, The pupils of Thomas Knyvett College, Members of Fordbridge Day Centre and everyone who was so supportive of this project!