Explore how textiles have been used in historic and contemporary protests with artist Helen Mather.
Join the monthly public workshop or book a private introductory session for your group.
Use The Fabric of Protest resources to create a textile piece inspired by PHM's collections and the issues of today.
Stitch / Share / Inspire
Suitable for all textile abilities
The Fabric of Protest is a creative workshop where individuals can meet to stitch, chat and share ideas inspired by the museum’s collections.
Workshops take place either onsite or over Zoom, on the last Saturday of every month, 2.00pm – 3.30pm.
Visit the ‘What’s on’ page of our website to book your place.
Suitable for 11+
(Under 18s must have an accompanying adult present during session).What's on
An Introduction to the Fabric of Protest is an online workshop that can be booked for groups of up to 30 people.
The workshop highlights objects from PHM’s collection, to inspire and motivate participants to create their own textile art on the issues that matter to them.
Suitable for ages 14+Find out more
Download The Fabric of Protest resources to guide you through creating your own textile work inspired by the topics explored during monthly public workshops.
Topics explored include: noticing nature; identity; working conditions for migrant workers; inequalities in society and migration and textiles.
Techniques used include: appliqué; reverse appliqué; collage; kutch embroidery; weaving; couching; hapazome printing; visible mending; patchwork, including boro technique and creation of 3D textile pieces.
Check out resources
These textile pieces have been created by participants who have taken part in The Fabric of Protest monthly workshops.
Please share photos of your work with us on social media using #TheFabricOfProtest or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Using appliqué this piece explores hidden workers in the garment industry. It asks 'Who has the power?'
Colourful crafted keyrings to give as gifts, each one has the name of an under represented activist.
This piece considers issues of fast fashion in the fashion and textile industry, made using appliqué techniques.
Liberty caps (a symbol of revolution) created by participants for the 200 year commemoration of the Peterloo Massacre in 2019.
This patchwork and appliqué piece explores the working conditions of workers in the garment industry.
Using clothing labels and appliqué to highlight how our clothes are made and the hidden labour behind them.
Using darning techniques to consider how we value our clothes and the people who make them.
Created collectively by participants over a number of sessions to commemorate the Match Girls' Strike of 1888.