Hannah Ford is a fibre artist 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. ‘A Divided Nation’, is a collection of banners in the style of traditional circus sideshow banners, which comment on the current political landscape in the UK. This work was first exhibited in Invisible Numbers in June 2017, a group show that Hannah curated, produced and hosted at Winns Gallery, London, attracting 1500 visitors in 10 days as part of the E17 Art Trail.
Hannah Ford studied BA History of Art at Camberwell College of Arts and MA History of Design at the Royal College of Art and began an extensive career in curation (Identity Crisis), teaching (UAL, London and Institute of European Design, Madrid), print/digital publishing (Architecture Foundation) and design management (Design Council). Hannah then worked for Nokia/Microsoft's Global Design Studio, in Visual Communications, Product and UX programme management.
In 2016, Hannah co-founded Invisible Numbers, an art collective to support and promote local artists in the St James Street area of Walthamstow, London, and is currently in the process of developing a window gallery at 1b Coppermill Lane, London, E17 with the Waltham Forest Regeneration Team and St James Big Local charity.
Hannah recently set up the Fabric Reclaim & Reuse pathway with Forest Recycling Project, working with volunteers, many who are marginalised, using the process of making as an act of gaining confidence while understanding the benefits of recycling. See more www.frponline.org.uk
Hannah Ford’s work has been exhibited at:
'Odd Space', February 2018, curated by Hewing Wittare, 44 Ashdown Crescent, London NW5;
‘The World Transformed’, Labour Party Conference, September 2017, Brighton;
‘Hitch: By The People for The People’, August - September 2017, Artefacto Art Space, London, E10;
‘The People Present: Our Hitch’, July 26-28 2017, St John’s Church Leytonstone, London, E10;
‘The Little Big E10 Art Fair’, Norlington Road Studios, June 2017, London, E10;
‘Invisible Numbers’, Winns Gallery, June 2017, London, E17.
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