A stitch in time
VISITORS can help create a unique piece of art to highlight the ‘criminalisation’ of women in the workplace and social media with celebrated textiles student Rachel Fraser.
She will be at the Designer Makers Market at The Witham in Barnard Castle this Easter weekend inviting people to help with her new project exploring the issue of what it means to be a woman in today’s society and why she thinks they are wrongly criminalised.
Working only in orange thread (a colour often associated with criminals) sewers can add just one stitch or as many as they want to the final creation over two days.
Rachel (pictured above) said: “I am using current affairs that have even been discussed in parliament with women being forced to wear high heels, skin coloured tights, and even some who are made to dye their hair blonde.
“Outrageous examples like this and the current situation on social media where pictures are being removed from sites like Instagram and Facebook because the image has a female with her nipples showing but for a male it’s fine and accepted.”
Rachel, 23 from Catterick Garrison, is still a student studying for a BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design degree at Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool.
Her talent grabbed the attention of wellknown event organiser Kathryn Guy following her involvement in ‘Tommy Bodkins – Military Materials Then and Now’ at The Green Howards Museum in Richmond which was is the first external exhibition secured by a first year student and the first time the museum has co-curated with a student exhibitor.
The Designer Makers Market is being held at The Witham, 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 8LY from 10am to 4pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday 14 and 15 April 2017
Entry is free but a donation towards St Teresa’s Hospice would be appreciated.