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Workshop: archiving British-Caribbean stories through DIY sketchbook-making with Jasmine Karis

Saturday 16th March 2024 , 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Archive and pay homage to the stories of the British-Caribbean diaspora that objects hold, as we create our own DIY sketchbook using repurposed materials and a range of experimental drawing and mark making techniques. 

For people in the diaspora, objects and the stories they hold are crucial ways we can remember and document our personal histories and grapple with the many ways we move through the world. 

Using this as her starting point, through creatively documenting a range of diasporic Caribbean objects, textiles community artist Jasmine Karis invites the British-Caribbean community, people in the Caribbean diaspora, and those wanting to respectfully learn more about these communities to have a safe space to creatively explore personal and collective histories of displacement and migration. 

We will playfully experiment with repurposed used packaging and ephemera, as well as a variety of drawing and mark making exercises including continuous line drawing, drawing using our non-dominant hand, drawing with our eyes closed, homing in on texture detailing, collage, observational life drawing, and other techniques to compile together a hearty stack of completed exercises which will form the pages of our sketchbook. 

For the final part of the workshop, attendees will create their own book covers, before binding their creations together and leaving the session with a sustainably made A4 sketchbook, to act as a source of inspiration, a personal archive, or a creative foundation to continue adding to! 

No previous artistic experience is required! Just show up as your authentic self, ready and willing to listen, learn, and share (if comfortable) in a low pressured, affirming environment.

This workshop is open to all! However, 50% of the tickets available are specifically reserved for participants who identify as African-Caribbean.

Things to bring with you:

Jasmine Karis invites attendees to bring their own related objects from home so that they can draw items they are personally connected to. For those that feel comfortable doing so, there will be chance to share personal stories and reflect what these objects means to us. These objects could be anything from an item of clothing or accessory, flag, photograph, or small household object that speaks to the Caribbean and British Caribbean experience. 

£7 £5 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

183 Bow Road
London, E3 2SJ

More about Jasmine Karis  

Jasmine Karis is a freelance Textiles Community Artist, firmly rooted in; creativity, community, nature, and wellbeing.  

Aims include using creativity as a means to cultivate joy and assist with with individual and collective wellbeing by reaching out to a diverse range of communities and engaging them with creative and craft-led workshops typically inspired by nature and natural processes. 

Workshops are driven by an exchange of knowledge and educating by providing creative safe spaces where participants are encouraged to explore and express themselves through practical workshops in a low pressured environment. 

Her inherent interest in her Jamaican heritage has fuelled her natural affinity for storytelling through making, and the interweaving of language and visual imagery. 



Access information 

The Bow Arts Trust office has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system. Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 3967 1643.  

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space or anything else you can think of! 

Transport Information 

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm 
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ 
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away. 
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area. 
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.