Women of Walthamstow: Cloth, Activism and Empathy

  • 5 October 2019
  • 14:30 - 15:30
  • Free. No need to book. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Rose Sinclair discusses the presence of Dorcas Societies - charitable textile-making clubs - in and around Walthamstow. With a particular emphasis on the Windrush generation of Caribbean migrants, Rose will explore how local women used crafting practices to initiate social change.

Rose Sinclair is a Design Lecturer (Textiles) at Goldsmiths, London, Programme Leader for the BA in Creativity, Design and Learning, as well as teaching textiles/fashion and design related practice at Postgraduate level. Rose has authored several textile books, her most recent being Textiles and Fashion, Materials, Design and Technology (2015).

Her current research focuses on black british women, their crafting practices, and aesthetics. She uses installations and crafting workshops to discuss issues of gender, authenticity, identity, migration and settlement.

A key element in her research is the study of Dorcas Clubs and Societies and their used as a catalyst for black women to navigate safe textiles making spaces. Her research reflects on how the history of the Dorcas Clubs and Societies can influence contemporary textiles networks and practices.