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Women of Walthamstow: Cloth, Activism & Empathy - 5 Oct 2019, William Morris Gallery

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2.30pm to 3.30pm on 5th October 2019

Rose Sinclair discusses the presence of Dorcas Societies - charitable textile-making clubs - in and around Walthamstow, exploring how women used crafting practices to initiate social change.

Rose Sinclair is a Design Lecturer (Textiles) at Goldsmiths, London, Programme Leader for the BA in Creativity, Design and Learning, as well as teaching textiles/fashion and design related practice at Postgraduate level. Rose has authored several textile books, her most recent being Textiles and Fashion, Materials, Design and Technology (2015).

Her current research focuses on black British women and their crafting practices and aesthetics. She uses installations and crafting workshops to discuss issues of gender, authenticity, identity, migration and settlement.

A key element in her research is the study of Dorcas Clubs and Societies and their used as a catalyst for black women to navigate safe textiles making spaces. Her research reflects on how the history of the Dorcas Clubs and Societies can influence contemporary textiles networks and practices.

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