Like thousands of Labour Party members around the country, our branch members are involved in local and national activism. Protesting against Tory government cuts and racist immigration policies. Campaigning for women’s rights. For LGBT rights. For equality and justice. Demonstrating with the thousands against Trump! We also run stalls at community events like the fabulous Waltham Forest Pride. We're really proud of our activism and want to do more to encourage new members to get involved. But we don’t have a West Walthamstow Branch Labour Party banner!
So Hannah Ford is going to make us one! She is a local artist to West Walthamstow who works in applied arts, making incredible banners, and is co-founder of the art collective Invisible Numbers.
"To be invited to make a banner for the Labour Party, and in my local ward, is the perfect commission I have been dreaming of,” says Hannah, here in her workshop with Branch Chair, Sophie Bolt (seated) and Branch Secretary, Hather Ali.
She has exhibited widely. Here is a detail from one of her exhibitions, A Divided Nation, a collection of banners in the style of traditional circus sideshows, which comment on the current political landscape in the UK.
Hannah has a deep interest in reclaiming and recycling fabric in her work. She runs participatory workshops and takes an active role in the London E17 Art Trail.
You can have a look at more of her work as part of the collective on www.invisiblenumbers.co.uk.
We also want to honour William Morris, Walthamstow’s famous artist, socialist and pioneer who believed that the things we make should embody our values just as much as our political ideas and activism.
So, making a banner that is sustainably sourced seems a great way to keep his values alive! And, using recycled materials helps cut down on all the clothing and textiles that end up in landfill today.
You may not think of fabric when you think of recycling but out of 400 billion m2 of textiles made annually, a staggering 60 billion m2 ends up as cutting room floor waste. When disposed in landfill, dyes and chemicals in fabric can leach into the soil, contaminating both surface and groundwater.
Investing in our environment is an investment in our future. The Labour Party believes that developing a clean economy is the most important thing we can do for future generations. At the heart of its General Election industrial strategy is the target of ensuring 60 per cent of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030.
Find out more about Labour’s environmental policies here.
We want to celebrate our place in the rich tradition of protest and banner-making which has been going on for hundreds of years. From the first trade union banners of the 1850s and the inspiring Suffragette banners, protest and activism has been central to bringing about progressive change.
Your donation will help us continue this amazing and vital tradition whilst showing environmentalism in action! And it has never been more urgent to bring about the change this country so desperately needs with the election of a Labour government.
Where your donation will go:
- Making the banner, including recycled materials and banner poles!
- Helping fund our branch activities, like room hire for meetings, stall materials, as well as costs for our unveiling event!
- Should we excel our target, we want to donate funds to local charities that support environmental work in keeping with the Labour Party’s environmental policies.
EVERYONE WHO DONATES WILL BE INVITED TO A SPECIAL UNVEILING EVENT!