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Reel to Real Cinema X The Stove Cafe: The Nettle Dress

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February 2 @ 7:00 pm

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The Nettle Dress | Dylan Howitt | 2023 | 68 mins | 12A | UK
This month, the Stove’s Reel to Real Cinema programme returns with documentary film, The Nettle Dress, exploring ‘hedgerow couture’ and slow fashion, and the power of nature and craft to support us through times of grief.

About the Film
Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand just from the fibre of locally foraged stinging nettles. It’s how Allan survives the passing of his wife, leaving him and their four children bereft, and how he finds a beautiful way to honour her.

Stunningly filmed by award-winning documentary maker Dylan Howitt, The Nettle Dress follows Allan’s journey through seasons and years, foraging, spinning, weaving, cutting and sewing the cloth, before finally sharing a healing vision of the dress back in the woods where the nettles were picked, worn by one of his daughters.

A labour of love in the truest sense, The Nettle Dress is a modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft. It’s one story representing a huge groundswell of people rediscovering the joys of making.

About Reel to Real
Reel to Real Cinema is a monthly film space in the Stove Cafe, featuring an eclectic mixture of conversational films – from artist made shorts to feature-length documentaries, locally made to international cinema. A space for discussion and thought-provoking films, you are welcome to join us after the film for a short discussion about the themes from this month’s selection. The Stove Cafe will be open from 5.30 pm – 7 pm with a special pre-film dinner option alongside hot drinks and cakes.

Free – Donations Welcome

100 High Street, Dumfries
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The Stove Network, 100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ
Events Details
Date :
02 February 2024
Time :
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost :
Free
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