On the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse TRAID Shepherd’s Bush hosted a live art installation.
Organised by Nelly Rock, the aim was to engage TRAID customers and members of the public in a ‘Stitch In’ to show solidarity and sew solidarity and create a strong visual and interactive piece of art to raise awareness to passers by of the issues in our global textile supply chain.
TRAID shoppers were invited to pick a square of fabric to inscribe a message. ‘Equality’ and ‘fairness’ were some of the messages chosen by participants and through the physical act of stitching helped to spark conversation and thought into ‘who made my clothes’ and what labour incurred in the process. Knitters were on hand to help crochet the messages together into an eye-catching installation.
London College of Fashion student Nelly Rock said ‘It was the perfect way of engaging people in a thoughtful and visual way and provided an opportunity for people to stop, ask questions and be curious.’
The quilt was later taken to The Cube Gallery in East London to be showcased alongside artist Marianne Caroline’s Wall of Clothes Labels
To read more about the Stitch In, visit Nelly Rock’s blog.