Hannah Ford is a fibre artist and banner maker and uses appliqué, cross-stitch, hand and machine-embroidery, and painted textiles to illustrate scenes and tell stories in her work that are mostly political in nature. Hannah works solely with reclaimed fabric.
Hannah studied BA History of Art at Camberwell College of Art and MA History of Design at the Royal College of Art before an extensive career in curation, teaching, design and programme management.
In 2016, Hannah co-founded Invisible Numbers, an art collective to support and promote local and national artists from Walthamstow and beyond. In 2017, Hannah produced the collective's first exhibition, Invisible Numbers, with a supporting programme of talks about the interplay between art and science. For this exhibition, Hannah created a series of banners called A Divided Nation, in the style of traditional circus sideshow banners, which commented on the current political landscape in the UK.
In 2019, Hannah co-founded and programmes content for 1B Window Gallery, a disused shopwindow on Coppermill Lane, St James Street in East London.
'SWARM: Artists Respond to the Pollinator Crisis', Vestry House Museum, June 2019-January 2020
'All Stitched Up', The Mill Community Hub, October - December 2019
'Mega Cross-Stitch Challenge, Barbican's Walthamstow Garden Party, London July 2018
'General Store', Hewing Wittare, Hackney, London, June 2018;
'Social Fabric', Liberty Hall, Dublin, May 2018;
'Odd Space', Hewing Wittare, Ashdown Crescent, London, February 2018;
'Fabrications', The Mill, London, September 2017
‘The World Transformed’, Labour Party Conference, Brighton, September 2017;
‘Hitch: By The People for The People’, Artefacto Art Space, London, August - September 2017;
‘The People Present: Our Hitch’, St John’s Church, Leytonstone, London, August 2017;
‘The Little Big E10 Art Fair’, Norlington Road Studios, London, July 2017;
‘Invisible Numbers’, Winns Gallery, London, June 2017.
Hosting workshops is a key part of Hannah's work as a means of developing her practice and skills-sharing with participants, including applique and banner making.
Hannah has hosted workshops for members of the civil service in Westminster, and local councils during the 100 Years/Suffragette Celebration; for MA students at National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and; the ‘Mega Cross-stitch Challenge’ weekend-long workshop for the Barbican’s Walthamstow Garden Party in July 2018.
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Fabric Reclaim/Reusue at Forrest Recycling Project
Hannah set up the Fabric Reclaim & Reuse pathway in January 2018 with Forest Recycling Project, to work with volunteers, many who are marginalised, using the process of making with reclaimed fabric as an act of gaining confidence while understanding the benefits of recycling. You can join the pathway as a volunteer. See more www.frponline.org.uk on how to sign up.