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26 September-26 September

The Nettle Dress (12A) + Panel Discussion

12A

Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand just from the fibre of locally foraged stinging nettles. This is ‘hedgerow couture’, the greenest of slow fashion but also his medicine. It’s how Allan survives the passing of his wife, leaving him and their four children bereft, and how he finds a beautiful way to honour her. Stunningly filmed by award-winning documentary maker Dylan Howitt, The Nettle Dress follows Allan’s journey through seasons and years, foraging, spinning, weaving, cutting and sewing the cloth, before finally sharing a healing vision of the dress back in the woods where the nettles were picked, worn by one of his daughters.

A labour of love in the truest sense, The Nettle Dress is a modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft. It’s one story representing a huge groundswell of people rediscovering the joys of making. Actor Mark Rylance called the film “Exquisite and inspiring, beautiful and helpful for anyone suffering loss or grief”.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring textile industry experts.

Panel Members:

Abigail Wastie, sustainable textile activist based in Derby.

Sophie Benson, sustainable fashion journalist, publisher and human rights activist.

Phil Wildbore, plant textile fibre growing expert and owner of Derbyshire fashion brand Flax and Loom.

Director:Dylan Howitt

Year:2023

Languages:English

Runtime:68m + 30m Panel Discussion

Origin:UK

Location:QUAD

Subtitles:N/A

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