Fabric of Society – 2006


We appointed ourselves to replace a tired mural on top of Telegraph Hill, South East London. We came up with the idea of asking people to show us the fabric they are most attached to and tell us why. This was a way they could participate with a choice that let through a glimpse of who they were. We photographed the fabric on a fold and created a digital composite mixing carefully pattern, colours and stories. This is our first large-scale digital mural.

The stories depicted the varied relationships that people have to fabric. It displayed the depth of diversity of the local population (49 languages are being spoken in the neighbourhood) in a very indirect way. Somebody said “this is the shirt my husband was wearing the day I met him”

Fabric of Society has since been adapted (2010) to accommodate The Hill Station, a community cafe and art space that has been built by people in Telegraph Hill (see boldvision.org.uk for more info) partly inspired by the artwork changing the feel of the space.

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