Urban Retreat - Survival Jacket Commission & Survival Kit Bag Workshop, Art Gene, Barrow

Urban Retreat 

A series of artist commissions, activities and events exploring the edges of urbanism

"Artist Sophie Mellor spent two weeks as an urban wanderer relying on the kindness of strangers and the bounty of the land to house and feed her. Clothed in an especially designed survival jacket by Clare Thornton, she placed herself directly in Barrow's marginalised landscapes, investing in its use and beauty through her interactions with people and place."

As well as making the survival jacket for Sophie Mellor's urban wander, I ran a 'Survival Kit Bag' workshop. Participants brought along three essential items they needed to negotiate their environment. Items included mobiles, oatcakes, knife, spare socks, water bottle, lighter, chocolate, lipstick, guitar, inhaler. We each then made and customized a survival bag to hold our essential items.