A Pattern Language 2017/18South London GalleryWorkshop series and exhibition To Be Kept For Some Future Time 2018The Peckham Experiment (1926-1950) was primarily based within the purpose built Pioneer Health Centre on St Mary’s Road in Peckham and sought to change attitudes towards individual and collective wellbeing through the cultivation of health as opposed to the treatment of illness. Following on from the Experiment’s conclusion that the individual and their environment are inseparable, the Art Assassins and artist Eleanor Wright have been developing this new work during a series of workshops at the South London Gallery that draw on its shared locality with the Peckham Experiment.
Stemming from site visits to community run initiatives, introductions to alternative and philosophical building methods and place-making, and urban walks, the group have collectively created a design for printed fabric generated directly from the local built environment. Textiles has always been an essential means of communication for motifs, designs, cultural values and ideas. In this sense, the historical ‘durability’ of textiles is very similar to that of architecture, but instead of monumental remains physically linked to a particular place, we have mobile textile fragments. The newly designed fabric was used to make home textiles for the group and distributed amongst the Peckham community and project partners, further activating the holistic legacy of the Peckham Experiment.