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Celia Pym is an artist working with darning, knitting and embroidery. Her work has been shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Royal Festival Hall and Pumphouse Gallery here in London as well as other museums around the world.
In 2017 Celia was shortlisted for Women's Hour Craft Prize', organised by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, the Crafts Council and in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum here in London. We were so proud and happy for her! 2017 was a busy year as her work 'Norwegian Sweater', was also shortlisted for inaguaral Loewe Craft Prize. In 2018 Celia was commisioned by the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco (NMNM), to make Flying Gold Cape a new ambitious work using a damaged cape from the museum’s archive collection of Opera Garnier costumes. She mended the cape and took it on the road for a series of 'cape-wearing' sessions with different people at different locations across Iceland, London and Monaco.
Her work is in the collection of the NMNM, Crafts Council and various private collections. She is a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the Royal College of Art. Celia teaches at Loop throughout the year, and is considered by us to be our 'mending master -in-residence' as she holds workshops about every 6 weeks at the shop. It's an honour for us to have her.
Celia lives and works in London.
Rachael Matthews is an artist and textile artist whose roots are firmly in the soil of her native Cumbria. Her approach to mending is about honouring and preserving treasured items that belonged to loved ones. Her work embraces the happy mistake, incorporating the imperfections of the everyday rather than attempting to cover them up.
Rachael Matthews has published three books about knitting and crochet. Her latest, 'The Mindfulness of Knitting', explores the links between craft and calm. Rachael's art often takes the form of knitted objects, through which she aims to shift people's perceptions of textiles.
Until 2016 she co-ran the knitting shop/art space Prick Your Finger. Rachael teaches at Central Saint Martin’s.
She lives and works in London.