As part of ‘The Guilt-Free Space’, presented by Franklin Till we were invited to showcase our work and process, with the opportunity to collaboratively create social fabrics within the exhibition. Bethany led audiences through a weaving workshop, utilising waste from book publishers Hachette UK, and other local sources – encouraging participants to experiment with the weaving and embroidery processes employed in our collections.
The Guilt-Free Space offered an opportunity to explore the brands, organisations and individuals changing the way we design, make and consume our way towards a future of guilt-free living. With a dynamic programme of exhibitions, workshops and talks, we showcased our work alongside open source material library Materiom, activist graphic design studio Protest Press, and the Purposeful Products Directory as curated by FranklinTill.
The exhibition entitled ‘Guilt-free?’ explored whether material and design innovation can help appease our increasingly social and moral conscience – including garments created as part of our No Address Needed To Join collection, and our Women of Change collection, predominantly woven garments created using fabrics created by social manufacturer San Patrignano.
Bethany was also a part of the panel discussion on Socially constructed design alongside Rhys Pritchard, manager of Restoration Station, Ella Ritchie, director of Into Art and Caroline Till, director of FranklinTill. The panel brought together pioneers using design and manufacture to bring about positive social impact, presenting the rich stories behind the making of objects and exploring how to rethink manufacturing for social good.