CfFC’s Jeff Horsley worked on Conscious Contemporary Craft: Connecting Communities Fondazione Zegna / San Patrignano and Making for Change, a Site-specific installation for State of Fashion 2018.
The project is a collaborative initiative that involves the community members of San Patrignano, supported by Fondazione Zegna, and participants in London College of Fashion’s (LCF) Making for Change project.
San Patrignano, located in Northern Italy, is a community promoting the rehabilitation of young people affected by substance misuse. Supported by Fondazione Zegna, San Patrignano enables young individuals to transform themselves through education and the acquisition of craftsmanship skills.
Making for Change is London College of Fashion’s training and manufacturing unit based at HMP Downview women’s prison. The project aims to increase well-being and reduce reoffending rates amongst participants by equipping them with professional fashion-related skills and qualifications within a supportive environment.
This project promotes the effectiveness of two social facilities, namely a therapeutic community and a prison to support rehabilitation and introduces young designers to fashion as a means for personal development and social change. Working with menswear designer and LCF graduate Bethany Williams, women in the weaving workshop of San Patrignano created innovative textile samples from industrial waste materials, textile fibres, plastic tapes and electrical wires by using traditional handlooms. These textile samples inspired LCF students to design garments and accessories reflecting contemporary issues, including ‘protect’, ‘migrate’, ‘protest’ and ‘survive’. Six garments incorporating fabrics woven at San Patrignano have been produced at LCF’s workshops. The accessories designed by the students will be interpreted by the women at HMP Downview out of the fabrics woven in San Patrignano.
Earlier in the project, decorative neckpieces were made by the women at HMP Downview as gifts for the women in San Patrignano who, in turn, made purses from hand-woven fabrics for the women at HMP Downview. The women wrote accompanying messages with each gift as a way to communicate and connect with each other.