Design Trust Seed Grant recipient, designer Toby Crispy, is Hong Kong’s advocate of the SLOW STiTCH movement. She will be hosting a series of online workshops at the century-old Hong Kong heritage building Blue House from 27th to 28th March 2021, embarking on a creative and historical journey within Blue House’s renovated architecture and preserved historical residence. A backdrop of video and recordings of the former residents of the Blue House will complement Toby’s workshop, guiding participants to use needles and thread just as one uses pens and ink every day. Participants’ embroidery works will be sewn and unified into a memorable piece of public participatory collective creation that will be exhibited this May.
Toby’s dedication to preserve sewing skills is reflected in ‘Hello Y’, her thoughtful prototype created for #DesignTrustCriticallyHomemade, where she transformed old clothes into something modern and new with glimpses of embroidered greenery. From participating in our DESIGN TRUST: CRITICALLY HOMEMADE prototype show last autumn, to her recent workshops at WOMANBOSS, Toby continues to inspire various communities and collaborators in different neighbourhoods around Hong Kong. Learn more of our grantee’s work in her recent article in https://www.obscura-magazine.com/all/columns/slow-stitch/blue-house/, and continue to support our NGO here: e-PopUp!