Urban Fabric

Urban Fabric, a collaboration with Sew Fabulous invited people who don’t usually engage with the planning process to create textile artworks that respond to conversations about the changing face of London Rd. These artworks were then digitally curated to create one fabric that visually represents the composite parts of our community and wider city.

What we did

We invited participants to the second phase of the project to work together to stitch aprons using the new fabric. These aprons were taken into the market and were modelled by traders in their units. The fabric is a creative response to a difficult set of questions and represents the creative instincts of many women and children who were being asked about their environment for the first time.

Brighton Open Market soundscape

Local sound artist Chris Sciacca spent time recording in all corners of Brighton Open Market and his soundscape captures the fusion of the different parts of the market perfectly.

The Sussex Co-Lab film

The film centres the voices of the commissioned artists and their reflections on the process, offering insight into the commissioning and funding of placemaking as a way towards effective co-created community engagement and local policy.

The results

Hosted 8 workshops

creating 60 textile artworks & stitching 4 aprons

Worked with photographer Natasa Leoni who shot portraits

of 15 traders modelling the aprons in their units

Designed and printed

a new 'fabric of the city'

Curated an exhibition as part of Imagined Places

including artworks, aprons, portraits & soundscape

How we engaged with people

I love the sewing, it's so calming. We all worked together to stitch 2 aprons and the children stitched 2.

Nesrin, Multicultural Women's Group

She had an amazing time and loved finding her work on the fabric.

Parent of child from Carlton Hill Primary School

Who was involved?

We collaborated with Sew Fabulous, Carlton Hill Primary School, Brighton's Multi-cultural Women's Group, customers from Harriett's Press and participants from Sew Fabulous classes.


  • Lucy Jefferies

  • Emily Atkinson

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