A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate

Katie Schwab

Still Here

The White House

During a residency at The White House, Dagenham, Katie Schwab has been exploring overlooked histories of industrial, domestic and material culture in Dagenham. Katie has been meeting with local residents, organisations and manufacturers to explore workwear designs, items made from by-products of industry and the costume designs of former White House resident, Hardy Amies. Hardy spent his childhood living in The White House, while his father was overseeing the building of the Becontree Estate. Hardy went onto to become a world famous fashion designer and Still Here takes its name from his autobiography. Katie is developing a new collection of functional textiles inspired by materials that have been cut out or ‘leftover’. The collection is being developed in collaboration with local manufacturers and makers, and will be used at The White House and in other domestic spaces, creating material connections between homes across Becontree.

Read more about Katie’s residency at whitehouseart.org/katie-schwab

Get Involved - Workshops

Join us for a series of textile workshops with artist Katie Schwab. Katie will be facilitating workshops to try out techniques such as marbling, natural dyeing, wool stuffing, hand stitching & machine sewing. Together, we will make a series of bespoke cushions for various community projects across the borough as part of the Becontree estate centenary celebrations.

Drop in for one of the sessions or join us for all four:

Monday 26th July 1-4pm at The White House - Try marbling and create your own marbled paper to take home

Tuesday 27th July 1-4pm at The White House - Work with natural dyes to create brightly coloured backing fabric for the cushions

Wednesday 28th July 1-4pm at The White House - Learn how to comb wool and create a hand-stitched ‘inner' for the cushion

Thursday 29 July, 1-4pm at The White House - Learn basic machine- sewing techniques and produce a finished cushion

Free | Open to all | No experience necessary

Suitable for families (children aged 10yrs+) | Children (under 16yrs) must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the whole session

Venue address: The White House: 884 Green Lane, Dagenham, RM8 1BX

To find out more about the workshops - click here.

To book a place for any or all of the sessions email: whitehouse@createlondon.org

The White House
884 Green Lane

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Katie Schwab’s practice interweaves personal, social, and craft-based histories, often drawing from overlooked traditions of living, making and working collectively. Spanning exhibition-making, design commissions, printed resources and workshops, she works across arts, learning and community contexts to explore histories of domestic, social and civic design.

Commissioned by The White House and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.