I'm Ophelia! A Welsh textile designer and climate justice activist based in Cardiff. Specialising in hand embroidery – I repair and repurpose clothing and textile waste. Whilst making positive social and environmental change, my work also serves as a visual reminder of fashions changing attitude towards sustainability; inspiring others to give old clothes a second chance.
Through my platform I create educational content, to inform and encourage conversation around sustainable fashion, over-consumption and equality. Working within the community, I focus on skill sharing as a powerful tool to explore the complexities of climate change, driving both participation and action. Facilitating workshops with local charities and organisations, I demonstrate how simple embroidery techniques can be used to mend and reinvent clothing. Learning to sew is a purposeful activity, that can bring people of different age groups, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds together – giving people the ability to build confidence and practical life skills.
BA Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, Bath Spa University, 2019.
Project Producer and Co-ordinator of Madaraja at Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel: Working with creatives of all ethnicities (with an emphasis on Black voices in Wales) and those in the African continent. Ongoing position. https://www.ssap.org.uk/pages/madarajapontbridges
Producer & Narrator
Producer and narrator of the short documentary film 'Moving to Make It'. This follows my dilemma as a Welsh creative, will I leave Wales to pursue my career? BBC TWO Wales, It's My Shout Productions, 2021.
Watch on iPlayer, New Voices from Wales, Ep 2:
University College London
South Riverside Community Development Centre
Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales
Welsh Centre for International Affairs
Wales Millennium Centre
Ways of Working
National Museum Wales
Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel
Talk To Coco
HUB Cymru Africa
Sustainable Fashion: The Independent Perspective. 2022.
FOOTPRINTS Digital Festival: Moving on From Fast Fashion. National Museum Wales, 2021.
OPHELIA DOS SANTOS x VANS, Vans Store, Cardiff, 2022.
Ways of Working Exhibit, Welsh Millennium Centre, 2022.
SUNDAZE Exhibit by Jukebox Collective, Cardiff, 2021.
LOOPHOLES, Craft Central, London, 2021.
FOR CARDIFF online exhibit, Creatives of the Capital, 2021.
ARTS THREAD online showcase, Take Back Black Friday, 2019.
The Old Street Gallery, London, 2019.
The Castle Emporium, Cardiff, 2019.
Bath Spa Graduate Exhibit, Bath, 2019.
China Academy of Art Graduate Show, Shanghai, 2018.
BLOG: BUILDING THE CLIMATE REVOLUTION WITHIN FASHION – TIPS FROM OPHELIA DOS SANTOS https://sizeofwales.org.uk/blog-building-the-climate-revolution-within-fashion/
Fashion Revolution Week 2022 – an interview with Ophelia Dos Santos