The Connecting Thread

Alice Kettle, Resurgence Magazine

Alice Kettle talks about a project that seeks to show solidarity with refugees and displaced people across the world.


Textiles connect people. They are part of our everyday lives. They are also part of a journey and become threadbare. This leads to the idea of ‘bearing witness’, recognising the importance of stories of migration and allowing those stories to be told. Of course, textiles themselves migrate, through historical trade routes. These threads have been exported and imported, these patterns are in our everyday lives. The title of our project Thread Bearing Witness is about the connecting thread of people...