Lucy Rainbow in Big Blanket for Crisis (Dec 2017)

Lucy Rainbow (5-210) has just taken part in Big Blanket for the charity Crisis. The project was created by Gina Pierce, BA Textiles Course Leader at London Metropolitan University, to raise awareness of the rising levels of homelessness in London.

Individuals and groups took part to make fifty blankets which when combined made one 10 x 7.5m pixelated floral design. Over 200 people including school children, designers, keen amateur crafters, a group of civil servants, academics, students and Women’s Institute groups were involved in the blanket making. Lucy’s blanket was made of silk, corduroy and hemp, and the back was silk with an animal pulse rhythms pattern printed onto it.

It was exhibited at the Conway Hall on Wednesday 6 December 2017. Afterwards Crisis in Lewisham distributed them to their Christmas Centres which are open for Christmas week, providing meals, advice, healthcare and company to thousands of homeless Londoners. Watch a time lapse of the project here

Images: pictures of the blankets being laid out at Conway Hall; a picture of the blankets at the Crisis Centre in Lewisham. All photography by Steve Blunt.