A brand-new, free exhibition exploring personal stories of migration across multiple generations, told through handcrafted textiles created by community members from Poplar and East London.
The exhibition is the result of workshops led by contemporary visual artist Professor Lucy Orta (London College of Fashion, UAL) as part of a wider collaboration with Making for Change, London College of Fashion’s purpose-built design and manufacturing hub at Poplar Works, as an integral part of their social engagement programme.
Over the course of a series of Traces workshops from April – June 2021, participants from across London’s East End from first, second and third generation migrant families, were invited to create textile-based pieces inspired by their heritage, reflecting and embodying their experiences and memories.
The exhibition will display a selection of the intricate textiles artworks created during these sessions for the very first time.
The participants of Traces include Bilkis, Caroline, Chinnelle, Christine, Clare, Cris, Hasna, Isabel, Jasmine, JC, Juris, Milou, Mitale, Miriam, Natalija, Nosira and Olivia.
The exhibition is curated by Charlotte Delacour, Hester Mauduit, Iris See Wan Tsang and Josh Weston, MA students from London College of Fashion. Curatorial Advisor Camilla Palestra. Concept & lead artist Lucy Orta. Community Project Manager Jo Reynolds.
Traces: Stories of Migration is organised in collaboration with London College of Fashion’s Making for Change, Poplar Works, University of the Arts London, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and Fitzrovia Noir.
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Date: 5 – 7 November 2021, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Making Space, 48 Aberfeldy Street, E14 0NU