The shiftWorks project is a celebration of 50 years since the mainstream adoption of the shift dress in 1965. seam, a textile collective based in and around Bath, are inviting the public to take part by sending in a photograph of their favourite shift dress and to say why it’s their favourite.
Fifty of the photographs, showing the progression of the shift dress from a revolutionary garment to a mainstay of the fashionable wardrobe, will be displayed with an exhibition of nine shift dresses created by members of seam Collective.
The photo could be of a favourite shift dress, a reminder of a great day out, or maybe a favourite photo of a relative (mum, sister, aunt, etc) or friend in a shift dress. In order to participate, it is important that the sender owns the copyright for the image, or has permission from the copyright owner. All photographs will be displayed on the seam Collective website, where further information about how to enter is also available.
Nine shift dresses will be created by nine emerging textile artists/designers/makers creatively exploring their craft, to showcase contemporary textile design. The shift dress will be a canvas for their ideas.
Alongside this will be a series of workshops, run in concert with the exhibition, with the aim of encouraging creativity in textiles.
shiftWorks has been awarded funding from Arts Council England, South Somerset District Council and Somerset Art Works. shiftWorks will be exhibited at:
- Momentum Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2015, in Yeovil, 3-‐18 October 2015
- Select Showcase, Cheltenham 23-‐25 October 2015
- Further venues to be confirmed for 2016