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Behind the cut: Tailor made for nature

There’s always a story behind every piece of fabric; why it was chosen, who it was for, where it was acquired, and what it went on to make.


Brita Hirsch of The Tailoring Academy has a fascinating collection of fabric stories, and we are proud that our scissors can be one of the tools through which impressive examples of creativity can be achieved.

fabric that conceptual artist Hilary Jack chose

This particular fabric was chosen by conceptual artist Hilary Jack who works across media in research-based projects, often using found objects in sculptural installations.


Hilary has worked with many heritage galleries and historic sites on large scale commissions and exhibitions. Her research-based practice has an activist element, focussing on the politics of place while drawing out social and historic elements of a specific site.

The purpose of this fabric was to create a bespoke suit jacket for a tree trunk, as part of highlighting the impact of human activities on our planet.


Hirsch Tailoring are now working to complete the suit using our EXOs (pictured), which will likely form part of an installation at one of the prestigious exhibitions where Hilary regularly showcases her work.

fabric that conceptual artist Hilary Jack chose