Bridge yarn bombed with artwork

THE footpath across Whitchurch on Thames toll bridge was transformed into a riot of colour recently.

The Thames Path Together community art project, dreamed up by Art Café organiser Gill Williamson with the help of Alison Livesey of The Crochet Tree, displayed panels of crochet and knitted designs, weaving needlework, painting and collage. The Art Café takes place at Whitchurch Parish Church. Visitors were invited to make donations for community charities involved in the Art Café. They were also able to submit bids for the works on display.

Gill says: “The community has been working together since last October to create artworks based on the Thames Path. The starting point was yarn bombing – a form of street art where public spaces are covered in knitting and crochet. By expanding the definition of yarn to mean any spun thread, artists, needle workers and weavers, as well as individuals, art and craft clubs and community groups have joined us to offer an imaginative display of artworks.

“Pangbourne and Whitchurch on Thames are divided by a river and united by a bridge. The Thames Path Together community art project is a celebration of Whitchurch Bridge and the Thames Path that has brought us together to make and exhibit art and to raise money for charitable and community causes.”

Whitchurch Bridge director Geoff Weir said the company was delighted to support the project. He said: “With many more people expected to be using the footpath than usual, safety issues had to be carefully considered and special signs were in place to warn drivers.”