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Bristol Cloth Awards Ceremony & Textile Mingle

Join us for an evening of celebration as we announce the winner of the Bristol Cloth competition and present them with a finished, woven length of the Cloth in their design.

Bristol & Somerset-based enterprises Bristol Textile Quarter CIC, Botanical Inks, Fernhill Farm, Dash + Miller Ltd and The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd join forces to produce the Bristol Cloth:a 100% wool fabric of classic heritage-inspired design, prioritising locally sourced materials and manufacturing processes from the South West of the UK.

The Bristol Cloth design competition invited designers across the South West to submit weave design ideas throughout the summer, of which four entries have been shortlisted and displayed in the Bristol Green Capital Lab space during September. The Bristol public along with a selected panel of judges were then invited to vote for their favorite design and we ‘re delighted to now have the pleasure of unveiling the winning design as a finished piece of cloth in this Awards Ceremony on Wednesday October 28th.

Please book your FREE tickets on our Eventbrite page here.

The Bristol Cloth intends to challenge Bristol’s textile community to begin to explore what a more resilient textile economy may look like locally. For a city that has such a strong network that is working to make Bristol a sustainable food city, it seems logical that the next conversation could, and should be about textiles. The global food industry is the world’s most polluting industry, while the global textile and garment industry is a close second. With Bristol being Europe’s Green Capital of 2015 there really couldn’t be a better time to start a conversation that is currently missing from the local agenda.

The evening will be followed by a  drop-in textile mingle – an opportunity for Bristol’s textile community to get together, chat and generally throw around lots of great ideas. For us the Bristol Cloth is a prefect example of what can be achieved when you join the dots and connect local producers, with manufacturers and designers. We hope it will serve as an inspiration for future Bristol collaborations.

Look out for future Textile Mingles in other venues around Bristol….or get in touch if you would like to host one form your workspace/studio!