Momoka Gomi

Multicultural harmony

Tucked away in a diverse part of inner city Nottingham, Momoka Gomi works creating hand-woven textiles as a resident artist at Primary.

The building itself is curious, having been transformed from what was an abandoned school into a cavernous community arts centre for creatives and the public alike.

A tour of the site reveals an eclectic mix of studios and a growing patch where plants are cultivated for producing natural dyes. Then, we come to Momoka’s space and, of course, her loom-shipped from Scotland and assembled with her own hands.

Here, Momoka discusses how her work addresses today’s penchant for all things anti-ageing by fusing together the simplicity of traditional Japanese culture with a contemporary twist.

 
 

Jamal Sterrett

Beyond Physical Body

In a society consumed with appearances and gaining likes, Jamal positions himself against the grain using Flex as a vehicle towards self-discovery.

Confidence didn’t always come so easy, but after seeing Flex moves showcased in Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’ Jamal began to study and practice the dance rigorously getting to know himself and his body more than ever.

The discipline and commitment required to be able to maintain flexibility and perform soon became a way of life. Even more, Jamal reveals how the preparation and routines - a sort of meditation- enable him to stay present and tuned-in in an increasingly distracted society.

 

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