Acts of Patterns


Legacy project from In With The Old

In the summer of 2019, artist Kitty Finer worked together with Milton Keynes’ young and old to create a multigenerational body of work including film, fashion and furnishings, forming the basis for her Common Ground residency In With The Old.










The Willows Care Home with Kitty Finer
and Milton Keynes YMCA with Lauren Godfrey

Acts of Patterns was a series of workshops run during this residency, collaborating between Kitty Finer, artist Lauren Godfrey, Pritchard Court Sheltered Housing residents and MK college students. Inspired by clothing collected by Finer’s family and items donated by Milton Keynes communities, a series of still-life drawing were created, these drawings were the inspiration for a limited-edition fabric which was made into a tablecloth for the Pritchard Court communal area.

To continue the legacy of this project, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has commissioned artists Kitty Finer and Lauren Godfrey to build upon their Acts of Patterns workshops to deliver to more communities in Milton Keynes.

Together with The Willows Care Home, Kitty Finer is running a series of drawing workshops for residents living with dementia. The drawings created in these workshops will be used to form the design of a tablecloth for the centre’s communal area. The tablecloth will not only act as a traditional tablecloth, but it will also serve as a memory table. The design will also leave spaces for residents to add to; providing a source of activity and conversation for everyone living at The Willows.





Lauren Godfrey is delivering a number of pattern drawing workshops at the Milton Keynes YMCA’s new pop-up activities space Sarnies. Together with YMCA residents, Godfrey has been composing layers of texture, patterns and colour from clothing bought at charity shops, to create a series of still-life drawings that will form the designs for fabrics that will be turned into soft furnishing for the new YMCA building, that will open in early 2020.



This project has been supported by funding from The Worshipful Company of Grocers.




In With The Old
Interested in how older generations can still be culturally relevant, Kitty Finer brings together Milton Keynes’ young and old to create a multigenerational body of work including film, fashion and furnishings.
Throughout June–August 2019, In With The Old offered free artist-led events, family workshops and professional development sessions with MK College students, residents of Pritchard Court, families and local communities in collaboration with guest artists Marcia Farquhar, Jane Howard, Alex Brenchley, Joe Hales, Ben Anderson, Big Shop Friday, Tania Chant, Penny Klein, Daniel Chehade, Lauren Godfrey, Real Friends, Blues Store and Season Butler alongside Kitty Finer; exploring themes of memory, story-telling and legacy to create an intergenerational scene at Milton Keynes Arts Centre.




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