Saturday, 2 March, 2019

In support of her project with Adderton House, artisan welcomes back Belinda Smith for a denim rag dolls making afternoon.

Drop in anytime between 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Free event, no bookings required

Join artist Belinda Smith to make a denim rag doll for the Blue Jean Sisters Project. Belinda has the goal of making 2000 handmade dolls through community workshops. She will install the dolls in an exhibition in 2019.

What is the Blue Jean Sisters project?

Blue Jean Sisters is collaboration between artist Belinda Smith and social enterprise Outland Denim, an ethical clothing brand. Outland Denim provides sustainable employment and training opportunities for women who have been rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Modern Slavery effects 45.8 million lives in many of the poorest countries and three quarters of this alarming figure are women and girls. 

Belinda’s goal is to make an installation of 2000 individually handmade dolls. While made from the same pattern and material, every doll will have its own variations in colour and workmanship - each will be individual. The collection of dolls will be installed as a group, allowing the viewer to see the overall quantity as well as observe the individual variations.

It is hoped that people share in this project and reflect on the decisions they make about the clothes they wear and how, and by whom they are made.

This project is one of seven artist and social enterprise collaborations for A Fierce Hope, the keynote exhibition for Brisbane’s newest art and cultural hub - Adderton: house & heart of mercy, opening in June 2019.

 How you can participate:

  •  Attend artisan's drop-in making afternoon (no bookings required). All skill levels welcome
  • Or, if you can’t attend, pick up a pattern in store and take it home to make
  • You can also contribute by cutting patterns for other people to finish

What the drop-in making afternoon involves:

 It takes roughly an hour to make a doll from start to finish

  • Pattern for the doll and sewing equipment is provided.
  • You will be shown process of cutting out, pinning, sewing, turning out, assembling and stuffing the doll with scraps and offcuts.
  • You can hand sew or machine sew depending on the time available.

What to bring:

  • Old jeans to contribute to the project
  • Or just yourself! 

About Belinda Smith 

Belinda Smith’s creative practice has at its heart curiosity and an exploratory interest in craft practices and materiality. Her practice is heavily influenced by her family history of textile, ceramic and wood craftspeople. 

Predominantly working in the field of public art, Belinda creates site and project specific works that are developed through experimentation and research. Each project is developed through a process of inquiry and material exploration. Social, historic and environmental factors are interwoven through form and fabrication to create outcomes with a narrative specific to each project.

Read more about this project



with Jeanette Stok
9 March 10:30am

with Bec Andersen (Sold out join waitlist)
16 March 10:30am

with Bec Andersen (Sold out join waitlist)
16 March 1:30PM