WHO WE ARE | COLLABORATORS
We worked with a wide range of collaborators to deliver our workshops and gain impact from the project. Our collaborators include partners – who were able to provide services as well as in-kind support for the project – workshop facilitators, film-makers and exhibition designers. We could not have completed our work on the project without the help of this amazing team.
Antiform push the boundaries of ethical and sustainable clothing design, by using reclaimed materials and mixing fashion-forward shapes with heritage craft. They spoke at the launch event for the Wolverhampton project, ran a two day workshop for participants, and an end of project workshop on developing a sustainable clothing enterprise.
The Black Country Living Museum is a living history museum, telling the story of early industrialization in the Black Country on the outskirts of Birmingham. They hosted the Vintage Pattern Cutting workshops for participants in the West Midlands.
Chy An Cultural Centre is a community land project supporting environmentally sustainable activities and events. They provided the space for our Make Do and Mend series in Cornwall.
Fashion Revolution is a global campaign organisation calling for a fairer, safer, cleaner and more transparent fashion industry. They run the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes? raising awareness about the impact of the clothing industry. They provided a video recorded opening talk for our project launch events, ran a social media workshop for Cornwall participants, and gave two talks at the University of Wolverhampton: one for fashion students, staff and project participants and another for a local industry event.
Creative Kernow is the umbrella organisation for Krowji, supporting the production, promotion, and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall. Krowji hosted our From Second Hand to Ethical workshops in Cornwall.
The Hive is an arts and culture centre in Shrewsbury. It hosted the Visible and Invisible Mending parts of the Wolverhampton part of the project. The Hive play a key role in dissemination of this project.
Krowji is Cornwall’s largest creative hub, providing studios, workspaces, and meeting rooms to creative businesses. They hosted our From Second Hand to Ethical workshops in Cornwall.
St Gluvias Community Hall is a community hall in Penryn, from where the project team in Cornwall ran many of the From Fluff to Fibre workshops.
The Poly is a cinema, culture and arts venue in Falmouth. They hosted the Towards Zero Waste workshops for the Cornwall project. Screened the True Cost of Fashion for participants and members of the public. They additionally hosted our exhibition, which was accompanied by a screening of our project documentary and making and mending workshops open to the general public.
Sue Bamford is a textile artist who makes and modifies garments. Sue took our Cornwall participants on a journey into how to treat clothes as fabric (and potentially other clothes) rather than as fixed objects as part of the Second Hand and Ethical series of workshops.
Blacker Yarns ran the first workshop in our From Fluff to Fibre series with the Cornwall participants. They took us through the processing of wool into a useable material, transforming fleece to yarn.
Jo Bloodworth Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design at the University of Wolverhampton and owner of the Little Shop of Joy in Shrewsbury facilitated the final set of Wolverhampton workshops about Upcycling and Repurposing Clothes. She also introduced working with donated leather scraps.
Mary Coleman from the Lace Guild Museum facilitated workshops in the launch and close events, and ran a workshop on Visible and Invisible Mending as part of the Wolverhampton workshop series.
Becky Cotrell-Jury is a clothes maker from Cornwall. She took participants from Cornwall on a journey starting with learning how to use sewing machines, and eventually to make and repair garments as part of the Make Do and Mend series.
Nicola Phillips from Daisy Rain Vintage joined our Make Do and Mend workshop series in Cornwall to talk about stain removal, preserving the life of clothes and how to tell the age of vintage garments.
Claire Dolman was costume lead at the Black Country Living Museum and provided creative facilitation at Wolverhampton’s Vintage Pattern Cutting workshops.
Gorgeous Yarns worked on the Cornwall part of the project, running a ‘guess which natural dye made this colour’ workshop in the Fluff to Fibre series, and a workshop on making crotchet patches as part of Make Do and Mend.
Pat Dillon, textile designer from Pad and Paw, ran the first set of knitting workshops in Wolverhampton entitled (De)Constructive/(Re)Constructive knitting. This included providing participants with the skills and confidence to make a cardigan from a jumper.
Hawthorn Fibres ran workshops on the Cornish Fluff to Fibre series, supporting participants as they transformed yarn into fabric, developing skills in spinning and weaving.
Fiona Griffiths works at the University of Wolverhampton. She is a fashion designer and pattern cutter and was a creative facilitator at the Vintage Pattern Cutting workshops of the Wolverhampton project.
Hanny Newton is an embroidery artist who ran workshops with the Wolverhamp participants about Visible and Invisible Mending and Upcycling and Repurposing Clothes.
Pheonix Bird has for many years run a clothing label that makes garments from discarded cloth in India. She spoke to Cornwall participants as part of the Make Do and Mend series, about the complexities of making and selling new clothes out of non-virgin materials.
Jack Roberts is a creative facilitator from The Hive, and supported and participated in all of the workshops in Wolverhampton, in particular the (De)Constructive/(Re)Constructive knitting series. His role beyond the project is to disseminate our methodological approach.
Amy Twigger-Holroyd is a designer maker researcher donated her system of deconstructive knitting, which was developed in Wolverhamptons (De)Constructive/(Re)Constructive knitting series.
Nina is the S4S project film maker and photographer for the Cornwall part of the project. An established international documentary film and stills producer, Nina has won awards for her accomplished and inspirational work. Nina works independently, immersing herself in the workshop environment with sensitivity and warmth that enables her to capture moments and moods that authentically reflect the both the personalities of both the subject and their activities. A keen surfer and globe-trotter, Nina’s zest for life has translated through her work and into the spirit of the S4S team.
R&A Collaborations are the S4S film-makers for the Wolverhampton part of the project. They are photographer Richard Foot and digital media artist Arron Fowler, and their team projects began with the Craft Council UK’s ‘Power of Making’ Exhibition which launched their interest in working with arts based enterprises. R&A’s films focus on showcasing craft makers and practitioners through their activities, processes and artefacts. They are driven by the desire to articulate the rationale of the creative practitioner through their products and outputs, they aim to ‘tell the stories’ behind the art in order to translate the experience to the audience.
Rhys Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Interior Design. He collaborated with Rob Cooksey in design and construction of the S4S exhibition stands.