Programmed by Barbican and Create, the Walthamstow Garden Party returns to Lloyd Park for two days of music, art, food and drink. The Gallery will be hosting free activities across the weekend, including
Letterpress printing with Matt McKenzie from Walthamstow's own Paekakariki Press, 12-6pm
Get involved in this hand-on letterpress workshop, learn how to set type and take away your own printed masterpiece! The workshop is inspired by William Morris's experiments with fine printing and his founding of the Kelmscott Press. Discover how Morris went about designing his own type and emulating the high standards of medieval book printing.
Weaving demonstration with Rezia Wahid MBE, 2.30-5.30pm
Walthamstow-based artist Rezia Wahid uses traditional techniques to create delicate, almost weightless, hand-woven textiles drawing on influences from nature and Islamic art and architecture. Wahid will be exhibiting two new works, 'jamdani stripes', woven from raw Syrian silk. The jamdani technique has been practised in the Dhaka area of Bangladesh for centuries and is currently undergoing a revival. The word derives from the Persian 'Jam', meaning flower, and 'Dani' meaning vase or container. Wahid reinterprets this historic cloth, using a striped motif and experimenting with the texture of raw silk. This is a unique opportunity to watch Wahid demonstrating her technique on a sample table loom and find out more about her work. There will also be small tapestry frames for visitors to get involved and try out a simple weaving technique.
Bookstall and badge making with the Friends of the William Morris Gallery, 12-6pm
Come along and find out how you can get involved with the Friends. Be tempted by a selection of a high quality second-hand books on Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement and make your own fabric-covered Morris badge as a souvenir of your visit.
Taster tours of David Mabb's Announcer exhibition, repeated 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30pm
Meet curator Rowan Bain for a unique insight into our latest special exhibition exploring the book design of William Morris and the Russian designer El Lissitzky. Tours last around 20 minutes.