The ‘Stitch a Tree’ project is a vast textile hanging made up of around 6,000 embroidered trees. These are stitched by individuals of all ages, and from schools and groups from all over the world. The individual trees form a rich, exquisite and collective forest. The project aims to connect communities and individuals as a way of supporting displaced people around the world. It portrays the importance of our human relationship with each together, and with the environment. They display how we come together through stitch. Close up, each embroidery looks different and yet together, they represent a community of people with a common language of stitch.
The partner hanging ‘Stitch a Tree Karachi’ is similar in size and made by three women’s groups in Karachi, Pakistan with over stitching by Alice Kettle. The groups are all formed of expert embroiderers. The groups support the women and their families and provide resources and education. This hanging was made by the women for the KarachiBiennale19, a huge art festival. It was designed to promote their activities and similarly demonstrate inclusiveness and equality through textiles. Alice Kettle continues to work with these remarkable women.
The project continues to grow and with support from alumni students. You can make your own tree as part of your contribution to this expanding stitched forest.