1. What is Talking Hands?
Talking Hands is an art studio, a fashion and design school, a manufacturer, a clothing label, a retail shop and a community space created from the vision and skills of young people from refugee communities.
We are a social enterprise that facilitates a range of design projects such as: training in clothing production, retail and fashion, woodwork, welding and embroidery. We also facilitate social support in the form of legal advice, language tutoring and material aid.
Born in 2016, Talking Hands encourages participants to use the design process and manual activity as a form of narration where biographies, journeys and dreams can be explored. Over the past few years, we have proved to be an important tool for employment and social inclusion. Not only do participants learn new skills and trades that can be used in the future, but they are also given the opportunity to work with a network of recognized creatives and design and sell their own products. Talking Hands has developed several different projects including; Blue Carpet, Jaune Gilet, I Learn Italian With My Hands, Side by Side, Home Delivery, Rifùgiati, Woven Stories and Mixitè.