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Darners in Conversation

Three darning women in conversation!

To celebrate the launch of the English edition of Hikaru Noguchi's book 'Darning, Repair, Make'.

Wednesday evening November 27th 6:30pm -8pm. This is now SOLD OUT.

Hikaru will have workshops at Loop on Tuesday November 26th. SOLD OUT

We're thrilled to have an evening with Celia Pym and Rachael Matthews in conversation with Hikaru Noguchi, who is visiting from Tokyo to launch the English edition of her book.
Please join us on Wednesday evening November 27th at 6:30pm when we welcome Celia Pym and Rachael Matthews talking with Hikaru Noguchi, visiting from Japan, about visible mending, stitching, embroidery and surface design and how they incorporate this into their process and design as well as how they were drawn to use this in their work. 

The ticket fee is for the talk, some nibbles and wine, and a discount on Hikaru's book. There is also a chance to chat with Hikaru, Celia and Rachel. Katy Bevan, from Hawthorn Press will also be with us on the night. What a wonderful evening!

Spaces are limited for this.
The event will last approx an hour to an hour and a half with time for a Q and A.

Hikaru Noguchi is widely known for her beautiful and unique collections of knitwear. She was one of the very first designers that Loop stocked when we opened back in 2005 and we have long admired her aesthetic. It has been a joy to see her work evolve over the years to now incorporate another layer of stitching through surface design and visible mending. Hikaru is the guru of visible mending in Japan!
Over the years, Hikaru's knitted accessories have seen collaborations with Barneys, Browns, Paul Smith, Takashimaya New York and many other stores (and a little wool shop in London!). Hikaru has participated in many shows and exhibitions all over the world, and her work is sold in boutiques and department stores in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, and elsewhere.

Hikaru's book 'Darning, Repair, Make'. as an English edition with Hawthorn Press will be published in late October and this edition of the book will be 10% off on the night! The original Japanese version is available at Loop now.

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.

Darners in Conversation
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