Community Outreach with Textile Crafts

Claire Wellesley-Smith Saturday, 1 June 2019

This month’s masterclass explores the idea of community as a driver for improved sustainability in fashion. But we can also find ways of engaging textile and craft practices to address, and even repair, issues within local communities.

Community is at the heart of textiles-based practitioner Claire Wellesley-Smith’s work in West Yorkshire and East Lancashire. She has written, developed and delivered long-term community-based arts, health and heritage projects across the regions in the north of England, and mainly in disadvantaged areas. In this video, Claire talks about working with communities based in the 10% most deprived areas in England, areas that also happen to carry rich textile production heritages.


In this video, you'll learn:

  • The impact of textile and craft practices in community outreach projects
  • Ideas to utilise your skillset and reach out to local communities
  • How to share embedded knowledge
  • How low-tech methods can generate high impact engagement

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