The Barns Café MicroExhibition space acts as a platform for local creative practitioners of all ages and encourages the exploration of creativity in a safe, non-judgemental and unique environment, with a programme of changing temporary exhibitions.
MicroExhibition Space welcomes the ethical fashion designer and award winner, Feng Ho.
Her bespoke range of womenswear is created in her Abingdon-based studio. Alongside fashion design, Feng is involved in the Fairtrade movement in Oxford.
“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it creates hunger and unhappiness”
The clothing industry is one of the most polluting in the world. There are roughly 40 million garment workers today and they are some of the lowest paid workers in the world. Roughly 85% of all garment workers are women. Feng Ho invites us to learn more about Positive Fashion – fashion that works towards fixing the problems in the industry; fashion that bring benefits to society and the environment. Feng Ho has collaborated with the Mayamiko Trust in Malawi, and MoralFibres Fabric in India; both are ethical businesses that work to empower women and provide sustainable livelihoods to the most disadvantaged.
For this exhibition, Feng Ho presents a series of photographs featuring her designs modelled by her young daughter. Feng Ho reimagined these garments in a playful way, and her daughter explores simple makeshift shelters made from a vibrant range of fair trade furnishings and homeware.
Feng Ho shows us that fashionable clothing can be made thoughtfully and carefully, with a greater depth of beauty, sustainability and purpose than we may have imagined possible.