Hannah Ford is a mixed-media 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.
For Invisible Numbers, Hannah created A Divided Nation, a collection of banners in the style of traditional circus sideshow banners, which comment on the current political landscape in the UK.
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, strategic design management and UX programme management.
In 2016, Hannah co-founded Invisible Numbers, an art collective to support and promote local artists in Walthamstow, London, and is currently in the process of developing a window gallery called 1b Coppermill Lane, London, E17 with support from Waltham Forest Council Regeneration Team and St James St Big Local.
'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, July 2017;
‘The Little Big E10 Art Fair’, Norlington Road Studios, London, June 2017;
‘Invisible Numbers’, Winns Gallery, London, June 2017.
Hosting workshops is a key part of exhibiting Hannah's work as a means of developing practice and skills-sharing with participants, including applique, mini-banner making, large-scale banner making for the 100 Years/Suffragette Celebration, and most recently, the ‘Mega Cross-stitch Challenge’ weekend-long workshop for the Barbican’s Walthamstow Garden Party.
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Fabric Reclaim & Reuse
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 with reclaimed fabric as an act of gaining confidence while understanding the benefits of recycling. See more www.frponline.org.uk