Cross Generational Cape Making Project 

We are looking for 100 women across Australia to help us in a large scale arts project.

The Cape Making Project is a cross-generational community engagement activity linking generations of females, connecting them in story and a common goal. Female participants will engage in a large scale pen pal project that will see 100 women make 100 capes. We will send physical care packs with all the materials and instructions needed to make the cape. Also included are Question Cards which which we will use to facilitate phone interviews that will be conducted by The House ensemble and creative team. These stories and sound bites will create a short compositions. 


Project Dates

AUGUST 10th:  Care packages sent. These will include: Cape making kit with pre-cut material, instructions, Zoom login details, interview cards with personalised interview time.


Phone interviews: Each participant will be called by a member of the cast or creative team and interviewed about experiences of resilience. 


SUNDAY AUGUST 16th: Live sewing event.

An optional live cape making event will be held via Zoom with the cape designer. This gives the sewing circle a chance to come together virtually as a group, to share stories in real time as well as ask technical questions.


AUGUST 17-21st: Coordination of the cape boxes return.

We will partner with Imagineers Festival and Montessori School on the Sunshine Coast and with a group of students to take receipt of the cape boxes and document the capes with images. The capes will then be stored at Montessori International College.


Throughout this project, we check-in, connect and support the woman with video conferencing or one to one phone calls.

Once boxes are returned and interviews have finished, Danielle O'Keefe, The House Artistic Director, will weave the cross-generational interviews into a 100 minute composition. 

When the world turns again this composition will accompany the capes being hung in an installation exhibition and feed into the production of Tender Young Creatures.

Participants require:

  • basic to intermediate sewing experience and a sewing machine.

  • access to Zoom via mobile phone or computer is desirable - we can help you learn how if you don't have experience in using Zoom.


We are ecstatic, we have reached 100 women who have signed up from all over Australia!

To join our reserve list fill out the form below. Should any places become available we will be in touch.

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Our Capes will be constructed using 100% recycled eco polyester. This beautiful fabric is designed and manufactured in Australia by Sustainable Living Fabrics.

Sustainable Living Fabrics is proudly Australian made. Supporting local industries. Heavy Duty Commercial Fabric. 12 year warranty.  Carbon Neutral. Certified Low VOCs. GECA certified. Proud supporter of Green Fleet. Green Building Council Australia member.

The fashion industry and our embracing of ‘fast fashion’ have resulted in the growing problem of textile waste. According to ABS statistics, six tonnes of textile waste ends up in landfill every 10 minutes. This equates to a staggering 23kg per person per year- and that is just in Australia.

Technology is now starting to catch up, with fabric recycling companies developing ways to turn fabric waste into products/packaging and even back into new fabrics.


For the environmentally conscious  sewer, you can check out more information and links to sustainable fabrics here:


Australians discard 23 kilograms of clothing per capita every year and this results in six tonnes of textiles and clothing contributed to landfills in Australia every 10 minutes.

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If you would like to become our partner in anyway, we would love to hear from you. 

Please contact or

0421 020 727 for more information.