May 25th - 7pm

The Nettle Dress

Join us for a screening of Allan Brown's magical film at an evening of film and fibre at Torr Vale Mill...

“Textile artist Allan Brown spends 7 years making a dress by hand just from fibre of locally foraged stinging nettles. It’s how Allan survived the passing of his wife, leaving him and their 4 children bereft and how he finds a beautiful way to honour her. Stunningly filmed by award-winning documentary maker Dylan Howitt, The Nettle Dress follows Allan’s journey through seasons and years, foraging, spinning, weaving, cutting and sewing the cloth, before finally sharing a healing vision of the dress in the woods where the nettles were picked, worn by one of his daughters.

A labour of love in the truest sense, The Nettle Dress is a modern-day fairy tale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft. It’s one story representing a huge groundswell of people rediscovering the joy of making.

Mark Rylance: ‘Exquisite and inspiring, beautiful and helpful for anyone suffering a loss.’