Wherever I Lay My Hat

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9 May 2022 - 14 May 2022, 10:00 - 18:00
15 May 2022, 11:00 - 17:00


Boutique by Shelter

Unit EV8, 1st Floor,
Coal Drops Yard,

Wherever I Lay My Hat



Jo Cope and Shelter come together for their second collaboration following the ongoing success of ‘Shoes Have Names’. This exhibition partners six hat designers with six people who have experienced homelessness. Each designer handcrafts a hat inspired by the individual’s unique story and their future hopes.

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Jo Cope and Shelter come together again for London Craft Week 2022 in a truly unique collaboration at Boutique by Shelter, Coal Drops Yard.

Following the success of the ‘Shoes Have Names’ exhibition at London Craft Week 2020, this year they are working with designers from the UK who make hats. The exhibition and retail space celebrates the positive impact Shelter’s advice and support services provide to individuals impacted by our unjust housing system.

A diverse range of hat designers/artists were invited to work with individuals who faced homelessness to understand their story and their future hopes. The hats in this project represent a ‘roof over the head’ while exploring the importance of having a home that you can call your own, a place to lay your ‘hat’ and to rest your head.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the thousands of people tackling evictions, unfit housing conditions, landlord issues and homelessness. But Shelter gives hope. With the right support and by working together, people can fight for their right to a safe home.

Every Hat Tells a Story
‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ brings together six exceptional artists/designers/craftspeople to use their unique skills and ways of thinking about design to interpret the stories of six individuals, capturing the vision of the home they are working towards and what it means to them. Designers include House of Flora, Maxwell Shoroye x LB, Vivienne. H. Lake, Sage Townsend, Karen Henriksen and Vesna Pesic.

Boutique by Shelter is situated in Coal Drops Yard, where premium pre-loved clothing are still available to buy during the exhibition.

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