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Sat, 16 Dec


Woolwich Front Room

FREE Doll Making Workshop

Have a go at making a decorative doll and learn about multi-cultural traditions whilst having fun with fashion!

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FREE Doll Making Workshop
FREE Doll Making Workshop

Time & Location

16 Dec 2023, 10:30 – 13:30

Woolwich Front Room, 105 Powis St, London SE18 6JB, UK


About the event

Join us at GCDA's community venue Woolwich Front Room and try your hand at decorative doll making in this fantastic FREE workshop led by London based artist Tanaz Assefi. 

Using simple materials and an exciting mix of African and European textiles, Tanaz will draw on a centuries old tradition from her native Iran in which mothers would gift their daughters a simple handmade doll on their wedding day. Each doll carried a paper scroll on its back containing the story of its maker and was seen as a symbolic 'friend' for the daughter as she headed off into her new life.

Tanaz is passionate about sharing this fascinating tradition which is sadly on the decline. Hear her talking about it on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme by clicking here.

This workshop is part of our brand new Black History 365 programme which is funded by Royal Borough of Greenwich and is a truly unique event which we hope will capture some original stories and encourage multicultural dialogue. 

Please note that whilst workshop participants may take their finished dolls home with them, they will be required to loan them back to GCDA for our Black History 365 fashion exhibition which will be held in July next year.

Minimum age 8 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. NB these dolls are not intended as toys.

PLEASE NOTE this workshop is taking place at Woolwich Front Room NOT at Made in Greenwich.


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