I follow loads of people on instagram, from creative photographers, stylists, slow-living writers, to ethical fashion campaigners through my client Safia Minney’s Slave to Fashion instagram account.
It was here that I came across the work of Bryony @tickover_ and was enchanted by her creativity and evocative conscious hand embroidery.
“Hi I’m Bryony, I’m 23 and live on a narrowboat in the Uk with my cat and husband.
I’ve always cared about clothing and work as a seamstress to alter and repair garments whilst doing hand embroidery and other crafts in my spare time. There’s something very satisfying about giving new life to clothes and making them fit.
Tickover is my embroidery outlet for the contempt I feel with the fashion industry.
The name merges my life on and with a slow craft. Travelling on my boat at tickover (barely walking speed) whilst exposing fast fashion one stitch at a time.
The garment industry is huge, employing approximately four million, and exists as a capitalist model by exploiting those that have no other choice. I spread awareness of issues that violate human rights and the environment.
Problems exists throughout the entire industry, including pesticides and chemicals, the microfibres from synthetic clothing, factory safety, low wages, animal welfare, landfill and our own buying habits.
Through individual hand embroideries I hope to bring people together, ask questions and encourage small steps that we can take as conscious consumers to create a world without modern slavery.
Currently I share my hand embroidery work on Instagram, sell and stitch commissions when people are interested but it’s more about the wider message than profit.
Follow Bryony on instagram here
Find out more about modern slavery here