Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant

Our new exhibition opened today at the shop. Samples is a collection of stories about fabric, collected from people in Hackney and Newham, told through sound, text and images.

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Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant
Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant

Samples aims to explore the textile objects we hold onto and reveal the stories and meaning they carry. Jessica put together a book, along with a sound montage and a series of images, which aims to bring these stories and communities together. Featured stories were collected from members of the community at workshops, which took place at local venues including; Hackney Museum, Rosetta Arts and The View Tube.

Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant
Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant
Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant
Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant
Made-to-Measure, Dogtooth Suit, 2011
Made-to-Measure, Dogtooth Suit, 2011

Samples was devised by Jessica Plant as part of an MA Arts and Design by Independent Project at the University of Brighton in 2012. Jessica has also made a series of designs inspired by the Samples project; these limited edition prints, postcards and textile images will be available to purchase throughout the exhibition. The exhibition continues until Sunday 3rd November 2013.

Here are a few images from the preview:

Glass of Wine?

Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant
Samples; stories about textiles and people by Jessica Plant
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The Photo Finish

And here are the final images! Just in case any of you were wondering, this is what the bricks and mortar shop looks like. Get ready for a guided tour!

Contemporary fine art prints
Contemporary fine art prints
Gifts, jewellery, stationery, homewares
Gifts, jewellery, stationery, homewares
The shop floor
The shop floor

We share our space at Of Cabbages & Kings with Knit with attitude, specialists in eco-friendly and fairtrade yarn, hence all the beautiful brightly coloured wool to the right.

Workshop area
Workshop area

This is our workshop area to the back or the shop. We hold all sorts of beginner and intermediate classes. Check out the website for details: Workshops

Yarn bombed, granny square, crochet counter
Yarn bombed, granny square, crochet counter

This is another photo of the crocheted granny square counter that Maya and I spent so many hours constructing. Our ‘floating box’.

Photo Shoot

Things are all a bit topsy turvy today as we’ve employed local photographer Leah Band to come and take some professional pics of the shop. We’ve finally finished the crochet for the counter so now seemed like the right time for the job. It’s little strange as the lights are off (I hope no-one thinks we’re closed!). Here are a few photos of our lady in action.

Leah Band Photography
Leah Band Photography
Leah Band Photography
Leah Band Photography
Leah Band Photography
Leah Band Photography