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Collaboration X Toast | Crafts Council

Toast Interview with Alice Burnhope

As part of Toast ongoing partnership with Crafts Council UK, they asked eight experienced textile artists from across the world to renew a few TOAST pieces from our archive collection. Using remnant fabric and faulty garments from production, each piece has been repaired, renewed and transformed using a variety of textile techniques.

In keeping with each maker’s unique style and artistic approach, the garments have been renewed with great attention to detail - from hand embroidered collars and patchworking to visible mending and appliquéd shapes.

The Toast Renewal auctioned raised over £3,244 for Crafts Council UK initiative 'Let's Craft'. The initiative provides art materials and supplies to low income children that have been severely impacted by the pandemic. 'Let's Craft' supports the next generation of designers, artists and makers.

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Collaboration X The Exchange Erith

Presently Voluntary Maker 

"We are change makers. We are plural. We believe in the potential of others.”

The Makers are a group of local residents interested in the future of Erith and The Exchange as centres for creativity and community-led change.

They work together to create exciting and diverse opportunities for interaction, collaboration and understanding, in support of local people, communities, businesses and cultures.

The Makers are currently working on events and project ideas that will support The Exchange’s 2021 programme that will celebrate Erith and the full launch of The Exchange.

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Collaboration X The Shelter King's Cross Boutique

Artist Volunteer 

Shelter Kings Cross Boutique, is a high-end charity shop allowing customers to buy vintage and designer clothing at an affordable price to raise money to end  homelessness.

During London Craft Week 2019, Alice was part of a collaboration with the Shelter Kings Cross, to create a tapestry of ‘what does home mean to you?’ Alice and the public, embroidered scrap fabrics and later Alice patch-worked the embroidery together to make a tapestry. It now hangs in their boutique in Coals Drop Yard, London.

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Collaboration X  Fashion Revolution 

Student Ambassador for Fashion Revolution | November 2019 'Clothes Swap'

During Alice's placement year in London, she met the co-founders of Fashion Revolution, who opened her eyes to the global environmental cost and ethical impact of the fast fashion industry.

With this in mind, Alice was inspired to host her own clothes swap at Loughborough University’s Union to educate students and locals on the importance of ethical and sustainable fashion practices. This was achieved by organising Loughborough University’s first ‘Clothes Swap,’ enabling over 400 individuals to begin to build their own environmentally conscious wardrobe in a fun and affordable way. 

Alice invited a community of like-minded businesses and people together. Sharing a passion for ethical and sustainable practices as well as beautiful design.  All proceeds from the event was raised for Fashion Revolution and the message for appreciating and valuing second-hand clothing was shared.

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