I will be running a workshop as part of a well-being project to provide creative activities during lunchtime for staff, lecturers, student nurses and midwives at Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College. The project is supported by Kings College Cultural Institute. I was asked to run a workshop that falls near Diwali, the festival of light, to which I proposed the group to create a simple colourful appliqué with embroidery inspired by geometric rangoli patterns.
Rangoli is an artform for creating decorative and symbolic patterns with coloured ground rice or powdered chalks on the floor particularly at the threshold or entrance of the family home. Rangoli is usually created on auspicious days such as Diwali (Hindu festival of light). The colourful and often intricate patterns may include flowers for the beauty of nature, geometric patterns with cosmic symbols, swastikas representing the energy of the sun and diya (candlelit lamps) in order to attract the Goddess Laxmi, goddess of abundance and prosperity.