Locals join global project for Afghan women: PHOTOS

Tina Jones and Rosie Malady with four of the Beaudesert mosaic contributions. Image supplied.
Tina Jones and Rosie Malady. Image supplied.

Pieces of Beaudesert will form part of a global mosaic installation in the Brisbane Square Library, bringing attention to the resilience of Afghan women.

The Hanging by a Thread: Mosaics for Afghan Women’ project is made up of 10cm x 25cm pieces from 1200 mosaic artists from countries around the world.

In the mix, there are seven pieces from Beaudesert U3A Mosaic Group course coordinator/ facilitator Tina Jones and members Kerry Stone, Marlene Knights, Robyn O’Donnell and Rosemary Malady.

See photos of locals’ work at end of story.

They contributed colourful and uplifting creations of flowers, a rainbow and even a cat.

Beaudesert’s involvement in the project came about after the group visited the Oz Mosaic Studio at Coorparoo and were invited to contribute pieces toward the scarf.

The mosaic installation, known as a ‘scarf’, will be launched on 21 September remain on display in the Brisbane Square Library throughout September and October.

Through the global project, which is also culminating in other installations around the world, mosaicists from all countries are invited to draw inspiration from the colours, patterns, and textures of traditional Afghan dresses to create a long scarf to honour Afghan culture. 

The pieces of the scarf represent the resilience of Afghan culture beyond its own borders in different parts of the world.

The idea is to preserve elements of Afghan culture and remind us not to take our own freedom for granted.

The scarf in Brisbane is one many scarves being installed globally as part of the International Year of Glass, decreed by the United Nations to explore the ways glass can help us achieve a more equitable and sustainable world.

For more information about the project, visit www.facebook.com/mosaicforafghanwomen

The Beaudesert U3A Mosaics Group meets at 1.30pm Mondays at the Beaudesert Arts and Information Centre.

For more information about the group, contact Tina on 0418 780 861 or t.j.16@bigpond.com

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