‘Chiswick Without Borders’ is a participatory art project conceived and lead by textile artist Ekta Kaul, commissioned by Abundance London. This work seeks to celebrate the vibrant multicultural community of Chiswick. Local residents were invited to stitch their connections to the world with symbolic migratory birds- a pair of swallows linking their house on the map of Chiswick to places around the world where their family roots are. The project received a tremendous response and over 600 birds were pinned on the map in just 3 hours. The birds were subsequently hand embroidered by Ekta and a team of local volunteers over a period of 4 months with generous support from Abundance London.
The project took place under the arches of District and Piccadilly lines at Turnham Green Station on Sunday 28 Jan 2018 coinciding with the unveiling of ‘Chiswick Timeline’, a mural that commemorates the history of Chiswick through cartography.
The finished embroidery has now been permanently installed at the Chiswick Library in West London.