seam is a contemporary textile collective based in Bath, England. Made up of established and emerging embroiderers, printers, knitters, weavers, fashion designers, eco-designers, makers and artists, the collective produces textiles that are irresistible, and find their way on to your body, into your home and on to your walls.
The founding members, Desiree Goodall, Linda Row, Tabitha Stewart and Penny Wheeler, started meeting in late 2012, shortly after they graduated from the MA Design (Textiles) course at Bath Spa University. They missed the collective and total immersion in textiles. The group knew they worked well together, wanted to continue, got ambitious and so seam was created.
Since then the collective have put on a number of shows, including the travelling exhibition shiftWorks which celebrates 50 years of the mainstream adoption of the shift dress. The group were successful in gaining funding from Arts Council England, South Somerset District Council and Somerset Art Works to realise the project, and additional funding was secured from the Global Academy for Liberal Arts (GALA) Outreach to take the exhibition to Chicago in October 2017. As a result of the success of the shiftWorks exhibition, seam were shortlisted as finalists in the 2017 Creative Bath Awards.
seam are also responsible for the annual Instagram challenge #SeptTextileLove. The social media challenge started in 2017 and has grown in popularity and participants each year since.