4th June 2018

South Devon College are delighted to be working in partnership with Encounter Arts on the Fish Hawkers project.

The project aims to reveal the hidden lives of the women working in the fishing industry over the past 150 years in Brixham and the marine life that supports the industry. There are many success stories of the women and the families through the decades to be uncovered.

The College has been working with a group from The Edge to bring the project to life. A number of aprons made from recycled materials have been designed, which closely matches the style fish hawkers would have worn. The dye used is natural indigo dye and the aprons will be adorned with embroidered fish to show the diversity of sea life in Torbay.

To decide on which fish to decorate the aprons with, research has been carried out on the catches from today and from over 100 years ago. There will also be a unique ‘future’ apron which includes so-called ‘invasive species’ that we now see off the coast of Devon such as the huge Sun Fish and plastic will be features too.

Keep an eye out for the Fish Hawkers wearing the aprons at an event near you!

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