Stitch For Change: Your Banner, Your Story, 2024, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, Photography: Phoebe Wingate

The Stitch for Change 2024 exhibition is a celebration of art’s ability to inspire change and foster a sense of unity and empowerment. Stitch For Change is a patchwork, sewing and embroidery story-telling project bringing together people seeking refuge and local volunteers to tell and share their stories. This exhibit showcases a vibrant collection of hand-crafted banners and garments, each carrying a powerful message by passionate members of the local community.

Artist facilitators Janey Moffatt and Erin Lewis have been working with a group, predominantly women, who are all involved with the Refugee Buddy Project in various ways. Across eight sessions the group explored storytelling, hand stitching and garment making inspired by the rich and diverse histories of handmade protest banners and protest in fashion. Exploring the theme of ‘Home’, domestic textiles such as pre-loved tea towels and bed linen were used to stitch banners and wearable protest garments adorned with lettering and motifs that were important to the maker. The participants were supported in telling their stories by Lily and Lauren of Storytime.

The political work of Mexican fashion brand Carla Fernández, in particular ‘Fashion as Resistance’ –with which Erin has been a collaborator for almost two decades – has been an important influence on the project. Other sources of inspiration include the banners from the Welsh Women for Life on Earth, embroideries from the Mexican Zapatista movement and protest work of Romani artist Delaine Le Bas. Full on Girl Power!

A huge thank you to everyone who donated textiles for this project – we received 125kg of material to reuse and upcycle – hopefully you can spot something you recognise! Thank you to Stella Dore and Atomic Marigold for receiving donations, and to John, Sarah and Sophie for the hard work on the installation. All wood used in the installation was locally and ethically sourced from storm damage, thanks to Jack, Molly and George.

The Refugee Buddy Project was founded by Rossana Leal. This refugee and migrant-led charity supports the integration and provides friendship to all people seeking refuge and safety in Hastings, Rother and Wealden areas. Thank you to Sarah Buller for supporting participants in every workshop session, and the De La Warr Pavilion team for providing the space and opportunity to create and show this work.

Participant names:
Michele, Anne-Marie, Isabela, Kate, Cath, Hind, Helen, Raquel, Kadija, Hasan, Marlyn, Lydia, Kim, Rossana, Lauren, Lily and Sarah.

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