Cirencester's New Brewery Arts is shining the spotlight on a local network of sustainable clothing producers in its new exhibition.
Launching on Saturday 28 January 2023, the new installation introduces visitors to South West England Fibreshed - a community of textile growers, processors and manufacturers creating home-grown garments in a healthy, resilient and regenerative way that benefits the local community and ecosystem.
Aiming to create a 'soil to soil' process, where growing, manufacturing, selling, wearing and ultimately recycling garments and textiles helps the environment, communities and society to thrive, the Fibreshed movement operates internationally through a number of regional groups.
Showing how the fashion and textile industry is interwoven with the local community and environment in the south west, the exhibition at New Brewery Arts showcases the local farmers, designers, makers and activists that form South West England Fibreshed, with talks from shepherdesses and knitwear designers, as well as free and paid-for craft workshops showcasing some of the skills involved in creating textiles, taking place alongside.
Founding director of South West England Fibreshed, Emma Hague, said: 'For me, the most significant potential of the Fibreshed movement comes from the request it makes of us to reimagine fashion as something defined by, and for, our place and our community, rather than by globalized industry.'
Fibreshed at New Brewery Arts is free to visit and takes place from Saturday 28 January until Saturday 1 April 2023.
To find out more, see Fibreshed at New Brewery Arts.