“Women of Walthamstow: Cloth, Activism and Empathy” – talk with Rose Sinclair

When: 5 October 2019, 14:30 – 15:30

Where: William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London

Free, drop-in

Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair discusses the presence of Dorcas Societies – charitable textile-making clubs – in and around Walthamstow, exploring how women used crafting practices to initiate social change.

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.

MA student work at City Co-Labs Hack exhibition

MA students Jheel Kankaria and Tajwar Aziz participated in the the City Co-Labs Hack at Makerversity this summer, facilitated by Goldsmiths Design Associate Lecturer (and alumnus) Hefin Jones. They will be presenting the ideas that they developed as part of London Design Festival. Their proposal explores how public space can acknowledge the work of unpaid carers and their accessibility needs on public transport.

Makerversity’s Civic Hacks address the big social issues of our time. Fostering collaboration between makers and the public, they explore design’s role in creating radical solutions to the problems we face.

The exhibition will be on at Somerset House from September 16th -22nd; further details can be found here.

Resilient Alliances #2: Heretic Ecologies

Resilient Alliances is a series of events set up against the dominant narrative of managerial and commodified present. We offer competing stories and collective tools to face up to the traumas to come.

In the second lecture-workshop of the series, Heretic Ecologies, Most Dismal Swamp curator Dane Sutherland and Dr Daniel Rourke will explore the resilience of the ontological category of the “human” vis-a-vis challenges posed by temporal and species hybridity. Continue reading “Resilient Alliances #2: Heretic Ecologies”

Resilient Alliances #1: Future Perfect

Future Perfect: the first of the Resilient Alliances series.

This lecture-workshop will explore the notion of Existential Risk as seen through the lenses of history and fiction. MA Design: Expanded Practice student Chiara Di Leone is one of the organisers of the event.


Thomas Moynihan is a researcher from the UK. He has recently gained his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, focusing on intellectual history and existential risk. Through his work, he aims to supply a historically reflective dimension to the emerging field of ‘future studies’, elucidating its place within the wider history of ideas and contextualising such frontiers of inquiry within the longest-range dynamics of philosophical and cultural modernity.

Anna Mikkola is a visual artist in residence at Somerset House Studios and Goldsmiths MFA alumna, exploring the ways technology, nature and culture are entangled in the process of knowledge creation. Considering that interfaces and infrastructures format lived reality, her work often materialises as videos and installations depicting narratives where different entities and points in time are woven together.

Anna and Thomas’ presentations will be followed by a workshop session in which participants will form their own alliances and respond to existential threats.

Where and When:

Goldsmiths University, London

Richard Hoggart Building, room #251

Tuesday 30th of April

18:30 – 21:00

RSVP to resilientalliances@gmail.com to register your interest.