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Community invited to take part in Fabrik's 2024 reopening through present project

An invitation to participate in present, a project by India Flint for the Fabrik Arts + Heritage Hub re-opening.

Image of stitched self-portrait on handkerchief

Community invited to take part in Fabrik's 2024 reopening through present project

A gathering of self-portraits for the reopening of Fabrik.

With Fabrik undergoing a transformation, community near and far are invited to pick up needle and thread to take part in a celebration of Fabrik’s 2024 reopening.

present, a project conceived by artist India Flint, aims to create an offering of creativity, connection and a coming together in stitches, to celebrate Fabrik’s new beginning.

Hand stitched self-portraits from all over the world will be installed en masse in the newly redeveloped Fabrik space, bringing the faces of a world-wide textile community together in Lobethal,for this special re-opening event.

"Bringing textiles, art, and community together is what we're all about at Fabrik, so we couldn't be more excited to see this exhibit come to life," said Melinda Rankin, Manager Fabrik Arts & Heritage Hub

All that's needed to be involved is a clean handkerchief, a needle and some thread.

Participants will use their reflection to make a contour drawing of themselves on paper and then transfer it to a handkerchief and stitch the outline. Works are then to be registered via an online form and sent or delivered to the Fabrik Arts + Heritage Hub for the exhibition.

All submissions need to be received by the end of February 2024 and international submissions need to posted to Fabrik by the end of December 2023.

Happy stitching!

Visit to stay up to date with the latest Fabrik developments and to learn more about this project.

Woman with stitched self portrait

Image credit: India Flint

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