Saturday 18th November we were invited to an Eastern dinner by the Norwich branch of the PSC [Palestinian Solidarity Campaign]. The food and people were wonderful. We gave a good account of the Project with a PowerPoint presentation and the sale of many embroidered items. We made new friends and the possibility of an exhibition at the University of East Anglia in 2018.
On Sunday 1st October we held our fifth Annual General Meeting. The general feeling was that its the best AGM we ever held. There were 8 Palestinians in attendance, 6 members of the subcommittee, the patron and a committee member. The subcommittee are well on the case for image selection for the post 1917 period. We can’t wait to see what milestones they choose.
To view Annual Report click on this link
Annual Report 2017
During the weekend 23/24 September 2017, Cheltenham Churches sponsored a one day conference, “Israel Palestine What Next?” and a PHT panel exhibition.
Our hosts Roger and Daphne Symon
Shaima, Ibrahim, Jan and Nikki ready to sell
It was almost a sell out of all the embroidered items made by Atfaluna and Sulafa, embroidery groups in Gaza.
There was plenty of interest in the project, as many came on the Sunday afternoon to hear the talk and see the PowerPoint presentation.
Thank you Cheltenham for your support and interest.
Our designer for the tapestry from Gaza, Ibrahim Muhtadi, has been in Oxford for two weeks. He has worked with Jan and the support team suggesting design methods that could be adopted to make embroidery and image transfer easier. He has also been meeting up with friends from Gaza and exchanging news.
Salem Al Qudwa
At a PHT Project meeting in January 2017 a discussion was held by the Committee Members regarding the on going selection of images for stitch. The general agreement was that in order to respond in full to a project objective….“To ensure that Palestinians manage the work,”…. a sub-committee of Palestinian membership should be set up with responsibility for the continuation of image for stitch selection. The Sub-Committee will be coordinated by Selma Harb and image contributions will be gathered from wherever there is inspiration
Images suggested for inclusion in the Tapestry will be selected by Palestinians and agreed for stitch by the Sub-Committee.
The following questions are guidelines for image selection
Is the suggested image about:
- Palestinian history?
- Palestinian heritage?
If the answer is yes to at least one of these questions, proceed to:
Is the image suggested:
- A suitable contribution to the Tapestry?
- Too large or complicated for a panel?
- Able to be transferred easily onto fabric?
- Straightforward to stitch?
These questions may need to be answered by designers and embroiderers in the field.
Once images have been agreed by the Sub-Committee, those referring to history may be passed to a History Advisor for comments.
Following Sub-Committee approval, images will be allocated to a Field Coordinator for stitch.
Iain Chalmers’ report for the PHT Project Committee on his visit to Gaza, the Naqab, and the West Bank, 10-18 March 2017
Jan was scheduled to give two talks about the PHT Project in Gaza, and to host a meal for designers and stitchers at the Marna House Hotel. Because Jan had been advised not to travel with the unhealed injury to her arm, I gave those and other talks about the Tapestry, and hosted a light meal for PHT-linked people and other friends.
At the invitation of my colleague Khamis Elessi, the Tapestry was presented to his Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) pathology class. Enthusiastic reception.
The Tapestry was presented to 170 medical students (men and women) at the new IUG campus at Moharrarat. Another enthusiastic reception
Tapestry was presented at a meeting convened by Ibrahim Muhtadi at UNRWA Headquarters, with Wafa al-Za’anin helping out.
The Head of English – Dr Maha Alawdat – at Kseifa School, where Yasmeen Haj Amer teaches, asked me to present the Tapestry to a class of about 20 boys and girls. It provoked a great deal of interest. Maha suggested that they should design and stitch a tapestry illustrating the history of the Bedouin in the Naqab and the children responded enthusiastically to this proposal, including a boy who said that he would like to learn stitching.
We’am Hammoudeh took me to visit the PHT contributors in the Amari Camp in Ramallah – Refa Mustafa; Dawlat Abu Shawish (Um Husam), Badriya Hamad, and Bassima Hamad (Um Samir)
Jan’s talk was presented 6 times, and was well received on every occasion. I had the strong impression that face-to-face meetings are important for those involved in the Tapestry, and they hope to see Jan before long.