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We are thrilled that Kirstie McLeod has accepted Emma Bevan’s invitation to bring her amazing Project to the Melville Centre for the weekend of 8th and 9th, October 2022!
You will have the opportunity to watch the film and listen to Kirstie’s story, and ask questions – the film and talk will take place at 10:30am, and then at 1:00pm (please arrive 10 minutes before it begins). The times in between, Kirstie will be sitting with the dress and you can visit and view the dress, up until 3pm.
You will also have the opportunity to buy a copy of the crowd-funded Red Dress catalogue, or one of the postcards.
* NB: Please pre-register for a seat as we have a limited number of seats, thank you. Email : info@melvillecentre.org.uk  – and please specify which day and time you prefer *
Leading on from this weekend, Emma will be coordinating a community project with anyone interested in taking part: Creating a Community Shawl.
You can attend sessions at the Melville Centre, or send in your section if you live further away.
Each week, we will be knitting, embroidering, felting, crocheting or sewing squares, which will then be sewn together to create the Community Shawl, a representation of warmth, safety, and community, with a nod to the Welsh shawl. The shawl can be displayed at events or exhibitions, and worn during talks.
Please email emma.bevan@melvillecentre.org.uk if you would like to take part, or if you can help with funding the materials required. We will also be seeking funding to pay a seamstress to sew the pieces together.
A 13-year, award winning global, collaborative embroidery project
2009 to 2022
The Red Dress project, conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod, provides an artistic platform for women around the world, many of whom are marginalized and live in poverty, to tell their personal stories through embroidery.
From 2009 to 2022, pieces of the Red Dress travelled the globe being continuously embroidered onto. Constructed out of 84 pieces of burgundy silk dupion, the garment has been worked on by 336 women and 7 men, from 46 countries, with all 136 commissioned artisans paid for their work (as well as receiving a portion of all ongoing exhibition fees). The rest of the embroidery was added by willing audience at various exhibitions & events.
Embroiderers include female refugees from Palestine and Syria, women seeking asylum in the UK from Iraq, China, Nigeria and Namibia, victims of war in Kosovo, Rwanda, and DR Congo; impoverished women in South Africa, Mexico, and Egypt; individuals in Kenya, Japan, Turkey, Sweden, Peru, Czech Republic, Dubai, Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, Tobago, Vietnam, Estonia, USA, Russia, Pakistan, Wales, Colombia and England, students from Montenegro, Brazil, Malta, Singapore, Eritrea, Norway, Poland, Finland, Ireland, Romania and Hong Kong as well as upmarket embroidery studios in India and Saudi Arabia.
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