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Alice Cooke x Ssōne Peru Knits

We are delighted to share the beautiful work of photographer Alice Cooke. Alice worked in collaboration with Ssōne to capture our artisanal Peruvian hand knit collection. We are proud to share that these pieces, knitted by hand, by our friends at Solid International.
Solid’s focus is to fighting gender-based violence, training professional and social skills to improve the wellbeing and welfare of underprivileged people in Peru, Kenya and India. 
Solid produces and markets sustainable and socially responsible textiles and knitwear, created in fair workshops. Working with teenage girls and women, and women who are victims of gender-based violence. 
Solid supports sustainable rural businesses in Peru, creating lasting, positive changes in local communities. 
 We spoke to Alice about her photographic journey.

 “We settled on the rugged cliff tops of Zennor after trudging through overgrown moorland, trying to reach one of Cornwall’s many Megalithic structures that still stand, tucked away in a secluded spot. We didn’t reach the Quoit that we were looking for, so Zennor’s steep cliffs became the beautiful backdrop for our shoot instead. 

The magnetic energy of Cornwall’s North coast was met with a stillness in the January sun, that softly lit the shots. Wearing the knitwear, Nicolette moved across the rocky faces and grassy hills, the colours and textures of the clothing settling in with those of the landscape. The clothing moved with her body alongside the grass and breeze, bending, reaching, swaying, looking hundreds of metres down to the sea.”

 

 

Alice Cooke is a Cornish artist working with photography and film, she graduated from the University of the Arts London in 2017. Alice seeks to make work that creates and evokes harmony between ourselves and our environment, having maximum positive social and environmental impact.  Her overall purpose is to return the world to how nature intended, with community, oneness between all things on Earth, celebrating movement, craft, traditional methods and simply just being.

 

 

Responding to both personal and collective experiences, Alice’s work is concerned with mental health, chronic illness, freedom and wellbeing. She stages and choreographs movement in the absence of language, with performance at the core of her practice. We are invited to look past cultural narratives that dictate a disconnection between our mind, body and environment and return to the roots of our body’s earthly origin. Her work also integrates deeper themes of womanhood, ritual, spiritual identity, power, belonging and escapism.