The Digital Quilt is part of World Factory, a multi-platform performance project. World Factory explores the systems behind the global textile industry, juxtaposing 19th century Manchester with contemporary China.
The project involves a team of people working together as part of a company called METIS. We are committed to public engagement in our projects: not just at the point of presenting a performance, but through the whole process. We are publicly mapping our research online, through the digital quilt.
Find out about the philosophy behind the Digital Quilt: www.metisarts.co.uk/digital-quilt
Learn more about World Factory: www.metisarts.co.uk/world-factory
Help us produce a shirt so we – and you – can experience production first-hand: www.metisarts.co.uk/the-shirt
World Factory is supported using public funds from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, as well as with the support of the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, the MPhil in Public Policy, the Digital Humanities Network, CRASSH, and the English Faculty, all University of Cambridge. The digital technology is provided by The Fusion Works.
But when it came to water use, Puma’s biodegradable, organic T-shirt actually carried a slightly higher water cost (2%) than the non-green version due to the fact the cotton used to make it was sourced from water-stressed China.