Inspired by a Rabari embroidery made in Kutch, Gujarat and Odissi dance gestures, the exhibition will feature work from the Neesa Well Women’s group (Manchester), Jagonari Women's Group, Bondhon and Boundary Women’s Group (Tower Hamlets). The exhibition title “Drawing Mudras: a Practice of care,” brings together a group of artists including Sarah Lawton and women from the South Asian Diaspora, living in East London to share through an exploration of hand gestures and ‘craft of making’ artists' books, how each woman cares for her families’ health and happiness.
Whilst at Rich Mix, Sarah Lawton will lead in a performative drawing event, which focuses on Sanskrit gesture and movement. Participants will learn about the connection between gesture and embodied movement to create their own contribution and artwork.
The mudras, (Sanskrit hand gestures for wellbeing), will be explored during a series of participatory workshops in the Lower Café gallery space. The gestures will be re-presented and discussed through print and drawing. These will explore a practice for wellbeing and will inform a hand-made print edition.
Artworks in the exhibition will include prints, drawings and embroideries. Craftworks will include wood-cut prints, Indian textiles and works on both cloth and paper.