A team at Squire & Partners – architects and designers based at The Department Store in Brixton – including in-house clothing and textile designer Isabel Fletcher are collaborating to produce free PPE resources for South London NHS hospitals with weekly outputs of 120 visor headbands and sets of scrubs with customised patterned pockets and messages of support to frontline workers.
“We asked ourselves, what can we do to help?”
“We can all say thank you, we can all use our skills.“
Tim Gledstone, Partner at Squire & Partners said “Squire & Partners’ One Love NHS project provides essential PPE with an extra dose of love and appreciation for NHS frontline workers through the joy of design and making. It goes beyond the necessary and the uniform to create warmth and appreciation of human care at a time when we’re all physically far apart.“
The practice’s modelshop team – including in- house textile designer Isabel Fletcher – have been creating sets of scrubs to order for local hospitals. The scheme is part of a collective effort organised by the South London and Croydon branches of For the Love of Scrubs, who have supplied over 1,000 sets of scrubs to local NHS hospitals.
The two-piece sets are handmade to NHS standards and feature a customised breast pocket using offcuts of bespoke patterned fabrics from The Department Store. Later sets will have a digitally printed fabric designed by the practice with ‘One Love NHS’ to send a message to frontline staff that we’re all in this together.
The process of making scrubs involves collecting approved fabric which is then washed, dried and cut to shape before sewing, customising and delivering the finished product to a central distribution point. In enhancing the pockets with uplifting patterns, using contrasting thread colours and including messages of support for NHS Heroes, the practice hopes to spread a bit of joy in the wards of local hospitals whilst providing staff with much-needed PPE.
In addition, Squire & Partners is providing For the Love of Scrubs a free print service for scrub patterns in various sizes, also extended locally in Brixton to anyone who requires scrub patterns for making at home.
Anyone interested to find out more about creating scrubs for the NHS can sign up to the Facebook page For the Love of Scrubs.