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Celebrating the Faces of Camden Through Art and Collaboration

WM College Fashion and Textiles department are thrilled to have partnered with Joana Monteiro of University of the Arts London to create a huge quilt artwork showcasing portraits made out of fabric by Camden’s residents.

The partnership between Joana Monteiro and WM College will offer a free “Make Your Portrait with Fabric” workshop on Saturday 2nd September at the Camden Inspire Festival, Buck Street. The session will be held between 1pm and 4pm for anyone to join, regardless of age and ability to create their portrait. More workshops will follow around Camden. These portraits will then be sewn together to create a beautiful piece of art that represents Camden, the diversity of its residents and their amazing skills. 

In support of the project WM College is providing advice from our fashion and textiles experts on materials and how to make the most of them, advice on quilt making processes, a member of our team to support at the workshops, as well as the use of our fashion and textiles studios to sew the portraits together. Fashion and textiles learners have also been invited to get involved to offer their skills and gain experience creating a community art piece.

On this partnership, Joana Monteiro said:

“It’s great to be partnering with the Working Men’s College. I’m so excited about the project, and I am so glad that we are doing it together.  We’re hopeful that this will attract lots of people who want to make their portrait and that we will have a beautiful piece of art at the end that represents Camden and the diversity of its residents. I love the idea that this could become a longer lasting piece of art.”

For more information about Camden Inspire Festival visit their website here or check out the project’s Instagram page here @portrait.s_of_camden.

If you’re looking to explore your skills within fashion and textiles, take a look at our many different courses. Enrol before Saturday 9th September and you’ll receive a 10% Early Enrolment Discount.


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