Unfolding beauty

In the last 6 months Lois has become a little obsessed with fan making.

Fan making is a critically endangered craft on the Red List of endangered crafts. Lois’s new collection of one-off hand fans, often investigate issues around the menopause and mental health.

Lois plays with and celebrates traditional historic fan techniques and methods from around the world, creating folding fans, Cocade fans and fixed fans from silk, paper and re-used materials, these are embroidered, folded, decorated works of art, hopefully bringing a bit of comfort and joy. 

Would you like to share your story? Are you struggling with Hot Flushes? Lois’s project ‘Unfolding Beauty‘ is about capturing some of the experiences of women going through the menopause and peri-menopause, stories of unregulated heat- of women rage, skin issues and much more.  Follow her progress here and on her Instagram page.

If you’d like to share some of your experiences you can send them using the form below, they might just inspire Lois’s next fan. She looks forward to hearing from you.

Spanish and Chinese fans painted and stitched onto Lois’s Menopause Quilt.

Follow Lois’s progress on her Instagram Page

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