Artist: Roberta Schreyer

An arch constructed out of different-sized fabric boulders, in the middle of a busy pavement. The largest boulders have been embroidered and others printed on – one has a crane swooping down, one says ‘Nature is an Activist’.

Dreamstones for the Planet

MA Textiles 
Royal College of Art

Roberta is an interdisciplinary environmental researcher, artist and activist.

Roberta’s textiles practice is dedicated to the healing and repair of our relationship to the earth. Creating mixed media textiles installations that include sculpture, print and hung pieces, her work incorporates a variety of textiles processes and techniques. She uses specially developed natural dyes, including printing pastes, combining these with organic fibres, family heirlooms, discarded fabrics and waste materials. Imagining a better future where our ecosystems are no longer depleting, her work seeks to educate people on the climate crisis through a visual narrative, encouraging the restoration of balance between humans and nature.

Clockwise from top left: Detail of Dreamstones for the Planet; der Kranich, der Glücksvogel (rotated); Tarots for the Earth; Knitted Manifesto

In:Site 2024

Roberta was one of 14 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2024.

Photograph by Hayley Salter

Roberta’s project, Eintausend Kraniche (one thousand cranes), was inspired by a phrase ‘whoever folds one thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish’, originating from a Japanese legend. Roberta used her collaborative textiles project to print and stitch one thousand cranes to make a wish for the planet.

Photographs by Hayley Salter

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

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Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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