Loving our Pussy Hat Project Knit-in!

Join us for our first Pussy Hat Project Knit In inspired by the Pussy Hat Project USA that supports and highlights the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements through the eponymous kitty-eared, naturally-dyed pink hat. You can dye your wool with us in the studio beforehand – we show you how! All ticket sale profits will go to the Pussy Hat Project USA: “The Pussyhat is a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights and political resistance. Make a hat! Give a hat! Wear your hat! Share a hat!”

There’ll be lots of other amazing textile craft activities taking place at our studio party, so please join us from 6.30pm on Friday 23rd November at Textiles Hub London.

View the details and get your tickets: Get My Tickets!

 

 

 

Do You Protest Patchwork?

 

The mix ‘n’ match patchwork theme that we saw at Tsumori Chisato continues apace at Christian Dior Fall 2018. The detail is finer and there’s stitch added to hold it all together and embroidered text too to get key Peace and Love messages across.

Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, gives us another culturally-attuned show with women’s empowerment centre stage.

She attributes her inspiration to the sixties’ Youthquake and rising social emancipation encapsulated around the May 1968 Paris riots. We would go a step further and say that elements of this show convey the complexity of women’s freedom in 2018.  For instance, the detailed patchwork fabrics (pictured) that cover dresses, trousers, bags and boots convey a metaphoric fragmentation of Self ‘worn on the sleeve.’

In these dark days of abuser deflection and projection in the highest cultural and historic institutions, victims of denied sexual abuse and harassment are having to ‘pull together’ their shattered selves and re-integrate the very fabric of themselves. This is the symbolic power of fashion and the cultural message that intellectual designers such as Maria Grazia Chiuri are able to expose, consciously or not, through their collections, soundtracks and mise-en-scenes: the metaphoric, material expressions of contemporary culture with a distinctly female authorship.

Join us in reflecting on this further, whilst creating your own textile banner at Textiles Hub London, in one of our workshops that famously integrate the practical, sustainable, material and immaterial:

Dior-inspired Patchwork Banner Workshop on Saturday 27th October 2018, 14:30 – 17:00.