Writing and tailoring have a surprising amount in common, from drafting patterns/stories to weaving metaphorical and actual threads. So i’m very excited to be one of the writers on Helen Limon’s Bespoke(n) project, and that over the next few months I’ll have the opportunity to discuss and respond to the process of tailoring clothing for women.
Working with an artisinal women’s tailoring studio in Hackney Wick, Gold Coat, a group of writers from across the UK will be producing an artist’s book-worth of writing. The project is funded by the Arts Council, but Helen will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in a few weeks to raise money to cover some extra dissemination possibilities.
Today, some of the Southern-based writers writers met up for (tasty) lunch and (productive/creative/introductory) chat at Stour Space, followed by a tour of Gold Coat’s studio. Here’s a selection of snaps from the studio, complete with cat and perforation tools. I’ll save the stories of blood, saliva, pigs and pyjamas for another time: