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Soft Cloths: Heavy Patching Got old shirts, scarves and sheets too worn out to wear but too soft and favourite to throw away? Come to Soft Mending/Heavy Patching.
This workshop takes inspiration from boro quilts. Drawing ideas from the way Boro quilts incorporate small fragments of used material and the clues in stitches of damage underneath the top layers, marking what’s inside heavy dense layers of patching.
In this workshop you will explore mending with cotton thread and patching. Developing your own stitch patterns. You will practice mending using cloth that has already softened and settled through wear and washing, for instance pillow cases, tea towels, well worn shirts, as well as some fresh new shirting fabrics.
Fusing fabrics together with stitch. So they become a new cloth. Creating pattern with holes and letting damage lead.
Please bring cotton or light woven fabrics or garments that you would like to repair or that you can use to patch with. You will make samples of work on a calico base or you can start a larger project, if you have a sheet, or shirt that you want to mend or save.
No experience necessary. Supplementary materials will be provided.
Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London her work has been included in exhibitions Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid and 21_21, Tokyo. In 2018 she was commissioned to make Flying Gold Cape for Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, a new ambitious work using a cape from the museum’s archive collection of Opéra Garnier costumes, which repaired and took on the road to Iceland, Monaco and London for children and adults to wear and perform in. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the Royal College of Art.