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Wild Dress

Zoë Svendsen, Kate Fletcher and Carolyn Downing

An immersive sonic work set in the grounds of Hawkwood, that explores wilderness, landscape and our place within it, through the medium of clothing.

Photo by Charlie Meecham

Weaving together stories and essays by Professor of Sustainable Fashion, Kate Fletcher, Wild Dress teases us towards a transformation in human-nature relations. Wild Dress was first published as a book in 2019, by Uniform Books.

Wild Dress will be launched on May Day at Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking as part of their May Day festival, with an interactive performance installation created in collaboration with Stroud-based artists Emily Joy and Alison Cockcroft (Periscope) and Nicola Builder (Wayward Weaves) – and performer Tamzin Griffin.

Kate and Zoë will be giving a talk and Q&A, sharing the process of creating Wild Dress, at 2.30pm, in the main hall.

How To Participate

To experience Wild Dress you will need the ‘echoes’ app, which is free. Please see here for further details:

Kate Fletcher is a researcher and design activist and is the most cited scholar in the field of fashion and sustainability, working internationally to transform fashion’s relations to the natural world around us.

Carolyn Downing is an immersive sound designer, who works across a range of media nationally and internationally, including Life of Pi on Broadway, for which Carolyn won a Tony award, to So You Say You Want a Revolution?, Records and rebels 1965–70, Victoria and Albert Museum. Carolyn and Zoë previously collaborated on Ness, by Robert Macfarlane, for the Estuary festival.

Emily Joy and Alison Cockcroft are Stroud-based artists, workshop facilitators and teachers whose individual practices explore human/non-human relationships, land, memory, and loss. They also work together as Periscope, creating immersive, creative events which encourage a reimagining of connections between communities and land, history, and future potential.


Nicola Builder is a Saori weaver based in Stroud. Saori is an accessible and intuitive form of weaving from Japan that encourages improvisation and free expression without pattern or plan. Nicola also has a background in sustainability and has developed and facilitated public participatory and community projects exploring people’s sense of connection with place.


Developed by METIS
Produced by Artsadmin
Presented by Cambridge Junction at the Cambridge Festival
Publicly funded through Arts Council England
Supported by an artistic residency at Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking

Date and time

6 May 2024

Please note
This is now a past event.


Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking, Stroud