This workshop was commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum for the Friday Lates program: There is no place like home. The workshop was developed in collaboration with the Gendered Interpretations at the Victoria and Albert Museum and VASA museum research project at Plymouth University.
The workshop was inspired by the Oxburgh hangings made by Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth Talbot, which are held in the V&A collection, celebrate the home as a place of friendship, creativity and collaboration for women. The workshop used digital print, applique and stitching to re-assemble and recreate contemporary interpretations of the hangings celebrating connection between women.
Lesbian Banner Making
This workshop was part of the Arts Immersion Project at L Fest 2019. The workshop was a space to celebrate lesbian culture, power and families. The miniature protest banners can be used on marches or taken home and kept as a reminder of lesbian strength and power.
International Women's Day Banner Making
This banner making workshop was delivered at Loughborough University with the Women’s Network. The two banners were used in the international Women’s Day march 2019. The women chose to focus the banners on the issues of sexual assault and consent in nightclubs for students.
Processions, Artichoke Productions
Collaboration with Republica Internationale Women’s Football Team and LGBT Foundation, Manchester
This processions project celebrates women’s football and the radical possibilities for social change that it can bring. The banner raises the issues of ongoing sexism and homophobia faced by women in sport. Much anti-homophobia campaigning in sports has focused on men’s experiences, where as this collaboration focuses on the unique challenges of being female and gay. The banner champions grass roots football, in particular explicitly anti-fascist teams like Republica Internationale as spaces for celebrating LGBT people, and challenging ongoing discrimination.
Women’s rights belong to all women, and therefore we must have inclusion, representation and solidarity for all women before we have true equality.
More about Processions
PROCESSIONS was a once-in-a-lifetime mass participation artwork which celebrated one hundred years of votes for women.
In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on, we invited women* and girls across the UK to come and mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century. On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London came together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, thePROCESSIONS appeared as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.
One hundred women artists were commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops.
PROCESSIONS 2018 - Behind the scenes with Sarah Joy Ford, Republica Football Team & LGBT Foundation
Art School for Rebel Girls banner making
This workshop was delivered as part of the Art School for Rebel Girls summer school program organised by Pavilion, Leeds. The workshop included an archive engagement session in Feminist Archive North to find inspiration from the women’s movement that came before. The banner was exhibited as part of the Art School for Rebel Girls exhibition at The University of Leeds.
I was a participant in this Automation and Me hackathon, organised by Northern Sound collective, part of Leeds International festival. 20 female artists came together to share digital skills and create new collaborations. For this hack, pfaff kindly sponsored me with the loan on a creative 3.0 digital sewing machine.