MAGDC Student Sarah Wilmott tells us about her project of reflecting women's voices, re-presenting the past and re-imagining the future - of current issues.
Focusing on the voices and stories of women within the area of Margate this project started with labels which contained feminist statements. These acted as an agency for voice in the clothing they were sewn into and created a conversation with the women who participated. These labels travelled far and wide with day-trippers to Margate, some of whom where from London, Italy and Canada.
During the pop up event ‘Sew & Tell’, held at Peony Vintage on King Street in Margate, I had the chance to meet and interview some amazing women working within the Kent area. We discussed their views on womanhood and the presence of it within a town.
I would love for this to happen and the project to grow into other outcomes for various issues women face daily.
The idea of the embroidered patch came about when undergoing a circulation workshop with designer Laura Gordon. From experimentation with the original and existing project came the idea of a fabric patch which can be sewn and worn with pride to communicate the issues around the current topic of the Gender Pay-Gap. With 8 out of 10 UK firms paying men more than women this side project aims to raise awareness and help tackle this.
Kickstarting this project relies on £170 as a goal to be reached by backers and supporters. Each pledge of £3+ will receive an embroidered patch which can be sent worldwide.
To support the project please head to www.kickstarter.com/projects/1983278653/gender-pay-gap-patch