How did “Threads” get started?

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Over the next months, Len and I would like to share with you some of our experiences as new filmmakers.  Watch our blog for the ups and downs, the serendipity that we have experienced since we started this project and the joys of virtually meeting so many fine people connected with Surayia’s life.

How did we get into this, you ask?  It all started over a café conversation with a professor at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design – Lesley Armstrong  – who asked “What ever happened to that woman whose incredible tapestry was displayed during the exhibition of Bangladesh textiles you had in Halifax in 2005”?  We talked about our friend Surayia, how she had to give up her passion for creating art when her health failed, and how there was little documented about her fascinating life and art history.  Lesley looked me straight in the eye and said “You have to make a documentary about her.”  “I will find a filmmaker to make it,” I replied.  “No, you have to make it”.   And so began our journey…..

Let me introduce you to Lesley whose own artistry – handwoven drapery – was recently installed at the 32-storey TELUS Center in Toronto.


Are you a weaver?  If so, please let us know what interests you about this film, and what you would like to see in it.

3 replies
  1. Barb and Bruce
    Barb and Bruce says:

    Hi Cathy and Len

    Following our chat I’ve been thinking about how we might help spread the word about your project from our corner of the world.

    I have dedicated one of my images and released it to the Red Bubble community. The caption accompanying it contains a link to this site. Hopefully you will get some mileage from it.

    All the best – BnB

    • Cathy
      Cathy says:

      Thanks so much Barb and Bruce! We so appreciate that you are donating the proceeds of the sale of your stunning sunset image to the “Threads” documentary. Surayia helped so many to have a brighter horizon. You may be interested to know that one of Surayia’s favourite and early paintings was of a sunset, entitled “Homecoming.” It was last seen in Khulna, Bangladesh, and we are hoping that we will be able to locate it so that we can show Surayia an image of it while she is still living.

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