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Kirstie McLeod – The Red Dress Project

October 3 @ 1:30 pm 4:00 pm

The Red Dress Project is an award winning global collaborative embroidery project centred around a red silk dress. It is a platform for women’s voices to be shared and heard, uniting people from around the world without borders and boundaries.

Over 12 years (2009 to 2021), pieces of the Red Dress have travelled the globe being continuously embroidered on. Constructed out of 73 pieces of burgundy silk dupion, the garment has been worked on by 239 women and 5 men from 28 countries, with all 136 commissioned artisans paid for their work. The rest of the embroidery was added by 108 willing participants/audience at various groups/exhibitions/events. Many of the artisans are established embroiderers, but there are also many pieces created by first time embroiderers.

The artisans were encouraged to tell a personal story they would like to share, expressing their own identities and adding their own cultural and traditional experience.

Kirstie has worked as a Textile artist for 16 years, and on the Red Dress for the last 12. What began as a sketch on the back of a napkin in 2009, has grown into a global collaborative project involving hundreds of people all over the world.


Please note that this will be a ticket only event, with all members of Textiles and Stitch Around Marlborough being automatically allocated a ticket.

Kennet Valley Hall

Kennet Valley Hall
Lockeridge, SN8 4EL