‘Pull My Thread’ by Blue Patch

An exhibition of sustainable textiles from Blue Patch, the UK’s Sustainable Business Community.

The exhibition captures the creative spirit of the new green economy and the ethos of Blue Patch’s collection of sustainable businesses. From couture to hand weave, upcycling to bio-textiles, 24 makers and creatives will examine the relationship between sustainability and our new, green ‘collaborative’ economy.

Blue Patch members will exhibit innovative ways to produce sustainable textiles aimed at creating industry and environmental change. Displays include everything from a new bio fleece harvested from bulrushes to radical couture created from textiles donated by the Royal Opera House. Our change-makers include Vicky Poulter from the Flax Project; Yorkshire farm fleeces ‘hot off the pedal loom’ and Madder Cutch & Co.’s plant-dyed, silkscreen fabrics (see full list below).

Also, we’re delighted to have two connected exhibits that span the centuries. Allan Brown’s iconic Nettle Dress and short film, demonstrating the philosophy of slow spinning and weaving, will be on display alongside a small handbag, or reticule, that belonged to John Ruskin’s mother, Margaret (1781 – 1871). The bag’s elegant knotwork was expertly knitted from plant fibres and embroidered with coloured flowers.

Howard Hull, Director of Brantwood, commented:

“Ruskin reminds manufacturers that the things they make and how they make them determines the nature of everyone’s world. The attention to thoughtful manufacture by Blue Patch makers makes them champions of social justice and environmental responsibility. That they achieve this by creating products of inspiring beauty is all the more remarkable. We are delighted to have Blue Patch at Brantwood.”

Blue Patch founder and the exhibition curator, Jane Langley notes:

“Reading Ruskin’s ‘Unto This Last’ is like chatting with an old friend. I like to think he would ‘get Blue Patch’ because 100% of our revenue is dedicated to educating and supporting the growth of the local sustainable economy in the UK and Ireland. I would give anything to discuss our mission with Ruskin himself – maybe as we gazed across the lake at Old Man of Coniston from the terrace at Brantwood!



Madder Cutch & Co., Newton Paisley, Dalston Dolls, Erika Janavi, Judi Archer, Laura’s Loom, Hedgerow Couture, Flax Project CIC, Ponda.bio, Kathleen Mullaniff, Julia Langley, Shape Furniture, Chloe Haywood London, Rocworx, The Stitch Society, Karen Quickfall, Social Socks, Sustainable Rope, Kathleen Mullaniff, Newton Paisley, Jennifer Wright, Meg Rahaim and Zoë Burt.



Event Information

Date & Time:27th July - 22nd September 2024

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