Christopher Farr Cloth has collaborated with Alice Kettle, a contemporary textile artist and Professor of Textiles at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University on a special cushion project with craft groups of refugees. With Alice’s guidance and support, the brand has commissioned individuals from craft groups across the UK to create a collection of hand-embroidered cushions featuring dis-tinctive running stitched designs. The program continues Alice’s ongoing work with Bridges for Communities and the Arnolfini’s Women’s Craft Group in partnership with the Bristol Refugee Festival.
This project has a deeply personal connection to Alice, as her daughter introduced her to the plight of displaced people and families through her charitable work. Alice has since been working with several refugee organisations. The project Thread Bearing Witness uses textiles to learn from, show solidarity with, and raise funds for displaced people. The partnership with Christopher Farr Cloth is a cele-bration of the common language the craft represents. Through this enterprise, Alice has worked with both individuals and crafts groups, building trust and connecting with each of them through the emotive power of hand stitching. “This project and the work of Bridges for Communities and the Arnolfini Craft Group allow people displaced from their homes or countries to connect with others. We come together through hand stitching to make beautiful work and demonstrate the power of human dignity.” Alice Kettle