New Work in Progress

I have, for some time, been concerned about the environmental impact of the textile industry and also the welfare of garment workers in many countries that we know to have terrible working conditions and low pay.

I have been following an organisation for a couple of years called ‘Fashion Revolution’.

I came up with an idea to make a patchwork from unwanted clothes with the labels on show and wanted to title the piece ‘#whomademyclothes’, the hashtag that was created and used by Fashion Revolution. I thought I should contact them to ask them if they were happy for me to use the hashtag as a title and they were delighted. After a couple of emails, it was decided that I should use 1,134 labels to represent the number of people who were killed in the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013:

After a bit of trial and error, I am now carefully removing the labels from generous donations of unwanted clothes and taking the clothes intact to the charity shops. I am sewing them onto 11″ x 8″ panels and I have calculated I will need 56 panels.

So far I have completed 9:

All the panels will be sewn together to make a patchwork blanket about 2 metres almost square. I need to complete it by April when I am due to show again at Uni and also to coincide with Fashion Revolution week when they will showcase the piece.


Meanwhile, I still continue to run life drawing sessions at Draw, here are some new drawings since my last post:


I also completed 2 new hand embroideries over the Christmas period, the use of patchwork is beginning to come into play:

The Embroidered Male will go to the summer show at the Artwave West Gallery in Dorset along with 2 or 3 more pieces I made before I started my MA.

























About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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10 Responses to New Work in Progress

  1. What an inspired plan Shelley, Bravo! > On 31 Jan 2017, at 12:4

    > 9, Shelley Morrow wrote: > >

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  2. Joy Gretton says:

    Hi Shelley,

    What an interesting project. Well done and good luck. I had seen your ‘clothed male model’ at the studio and loved it.

    I’ve had a heart-breaking time. Jane, my closest friend – we used to come together to your Friday sessions – became ill last year and she died at the beginning of this month. It was very aggressive cancer – she died within two months of diagnosis. Her husband, Alan, who has been coming along to Saturday sessions, is completely devastated. However he says that when he feels stronger he will come on Fridays to both your short and long poses. I do hope he will. The funeral hasn’t happened yet so it is very early days.

    Hope all is well with you. best wishes, joy


  3. kateosborne says:

    What a great idea Shelley, and they look beautiful too!

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  4. C Barlow Marrs says:

    Shelley this is terrific. So looking forward to the next instalment. Cynthia

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. Phil says:

    Hi Shelley,
    That’s a fascinating and challenging project. A really worthy cause too. The efforts of the organisation to highlight the conditions of workers is inspiring. Good luck with it. Look forward to seeing the finished quilt!
    Best regards
    Phil :))

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