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Lifeline Zine

Visual artist and researcher Professor Lucy Orta has created a series of ‘Lifeline’. Objects crafted in soft calico; a fabric traditionally used to make toiles, or prototype garments. 

Lifeline Zine

In this sense, ‘Lifeline’ are unfinished, open-ended prompts to enable discussion and conversations, offering new avenues of thought. A group of asylum seekers and refugees were invited to reflect on the meaning of lifeline, to select an object with a personal meaning. The result came together in a zine expressing the challenges they faced on arrival and the opportunities that have helped to rebuild their new life in the UK.


The zine is an artistic response to the advocacy research undertaken as co-investigator on the AHRC funded project Decolonising Fashion and Textiles: Design for Cultural Sustainability with Refugee Communities. A participatory action research project exploring concepts of cultural sustainability and community resilience through the lived experience of refugees and asylum seekers. With the support of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

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