Big Blanket for Crisis

London Met raises awareness of homelessness in London with a Textile Design project.
Date: 8 November 2017

Gina Pierce, who teaches on the BA Textile Design degree, is currently leading a project to create a huge blanket for the homelessness charity, Crisis.

Gina’s community art project aims to raise awareness of the rising levels of homelessness in London. She is organising the creation of 50 blankets that will be given to Crisis to be used in their centres that are open for Christmas week, providing meals, advice, healthcare and company to thousands of homeless Londoners.

Before going to Crisis, the blankets will be exhibited at Conway Hall where they will be laid out together to form one big blanket measuring 10m x 7.5m. Each of the blankets is made up of 24 squares of knitted, crocheted, woven or stitched fabric, all of which are sewn together. The colours used in each of the squares are carefully designed to make up the overall image.

Over 200 people including school children, designers, keen amateur crafters, a group of civil servants, academics, students and Women’s Institute groups have been involved in the blanket making.

Gina Pierce commented: "The starting point for the design came from a piece of fabric in the Frederick Parker Collection Archive, housed at London Metropolitan University, which I am currently researching for my PhD. Transformed into ‘pixel art’ and with enhanced colours, the floral design will be enlarged many times over to become the huge 10m x 7.5m image."

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. It helps people directly out of homelessness, and campaigns for the social changes needed to solve it altogether.