There's more to me than what you see. Let me tell you how I got here ...
Each textile donation comes with its own unique story
Textiles are kindly donated. Sometimes it's by people who know they will never get around to making something, sometimes it's by people who have lost a family member and are keen to see their relatives loved textiles go somewhere they'll be appreciated, sometimes it is surplus stock from shops or businesses. Each textile comes with its own unique story before it is sorted, folded and then chosen to become something new.
Every ReTweed maker comes to us with their own unique story
The volunteers and makers who created me have their own stories too, each as intricate as a tapestry. They come together, varied in age and background, to produce me. This is a special time in the workroom. As I am being made, friendships are built, problems are shared, advice is given, stories are swapped, laughter is heard and loneliness disappears for a few hours.
In producing me, confidence is gained and self-belief starts to grow.
My Colours, Patterns & Textures evoke memories and experiences
So, when you see my picture, perhaps you donated the material that made me, perhaps you are reminded of a forgotten memory through my colour or pattern or perhaps you are thinking about buying me for yourself or as a gift for someone...
I am more than just a faceless, mass-produced item made on another continent, I am your little piece of art made with the love, care and pride of my maker right here in the Borderlands.
Be kind to the planet and be kind to each other. And yes, there may be less expensive versions of me available with another click, but remember, you’re not just buying the ‘item’, you are adding to the story.
Words by Ros, ReTweed Graduate, Incubator Hub participant and Expert Maker