Home Ground film

Added on by Claire Wellesley-Smith.

I recently had the pleasure of working with Richard and Arron from R&A Collaborations on a film as part of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen project Home Ground. They came and spent a day with me at my studio and allotment (pretty cold in early February and not many dye plants growing...) and talked about slow, localised craft practices. Here it is...

Community Cloth

Added on by Claire Wellesley-Smith.
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The image above is of a piece of work called Sow: Sew, a collaborative textile piece made with sixty local stitchers and the input of many other people across my community who have tended and harvested plants and dyed all the cloth used. It's part of an exhibition of work from community groups involved in The Fabric of Bradford, a two year Hive project I've had the pleasure of co-ordinating. 

The photograph has been taken in one of our dye gardens, which was a piece of waste ground tucked behind buildings in the middle of town, and is now a splash of secret colour. The stories we've unearthed around our city during this project, the shared personal and local histories, and the friendships made have been inspiring. I shall miss it.