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About

 

I'm Ophelia! A Welsh textile designer and climate justice activist based in Cardiff. Using 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.

 

Education

BA Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, Bath Spa University, 2019.

Project Producer

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: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000tlz6/new-voices-from-wales-series-4-2-moving-to-make-it

Workshop Collaborations

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

Jukebox Collective

WWF Cymru

Panellist

Fair Trade Wales: Fair Fashion? A Conversation on Fashion, Race and Climate Justice. 2022.

Sustainable Fashion: The Independent Perspective. 2022.

FOOTPRINTS Digital Festival: Moving on From Fast Fashion. National Museum Wales, 2021.

Histories of Making During States of Emergency, 2021.

Exhibit

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.

Links

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

https://fairtrade.wales/2022/04/fashion-revolution-week-2022/