You are viewing the StAnza Poetry Festival 2005-2014 archive
For the current festival site, go to

StAnza International Poetry Festival

Events: StAnza 2013

One of the events from
StAnza 2013


Stitched and Spoken

Lace Sensor Dresses from the Netherlands featuring poems stitched and spoken

This event took place on Fri 08 - Sun 10 March
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens

The installation features three Lace Sensor Dresses, each of which is embroidered with a different poem, sourced from an antique embroidery sampler. Each poem evokes a different emotion, which corresponds to a gesture that triggers a recording of the poem to be played through tiny speakers crocheted into the dress. The sensors are created from custom-made conductive lace and the harder they are pressed, the louder the poem will play. The dresses will be exhibited in The Byre Theatre and by models at other locations around St Andrews, and a separate interface built by the artists allows the audience to feel the tactile nature of the lace and the interaction with the poetry. The Lace Sensor Dresses are part of the Lace Sensor Project, a collaboration between artists Anja Hertenberger and Meg Grant working with the Museum de Kantfabriek (Lace Factory Museum).

Local fashion models will take the poetry to the catwalk as they model the dresses in swing-by tour of most of the town's dress shops on a daily basis during the festival, including:

Viyella; Monsoon, H&M, Fat Face, Phase 8, Jack Wills, Jouls, Millers Tale, Pretty Things, Elizabeth May Boutique, The Secret Boutique (tbc) and M&Co (tbc)

Supported by Millers Tale

Stitched and Spoken  Stitched and Spoken

More about the participants

All images are copyright © StAnza or individual named photographers. Please do not use without permission.