WORKSHOP: Creative Mending with Celia Pym


Saturday 27 April, 2 – 5pm  Bookings

Creative Mending is a workshop that explores textile repair, how you do it and why you do it. It considers the tenderness and care of mending. You will learn and develop skills in woven and ‘knitted’ darning. There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any garments that you own and that have holes. Please bring along any damaged items that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will be provided. However you are encouraged to bring yarns and wool that are already in your collection and if you already have them darning needles and sewing scissors.

No previous darning, knitting or needle based experience is necessary.

Celia Pym has been exploring mending since 2007. Her interests are around the evidence of damage – through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing this wearing is often to do with use and how the body moves. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear out.”

Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London most recently her work has been included in exhibitions Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and touring and Between Things, The Minories, Colchester. A 3-year engagement with the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco’s costume collection culminated in a newly commissioned work: Flying Gold Cape, 2018. She mended and took on the road a gold cape from their archive, which 63 people wore and performed in. Celia is currently a visiting lecturer in textiles at the Royal College of Art.

WORKSHOP: Fashion Illustration with Jason Brooks


Sunday 28 April, 10-12pm  Bookings

Fashion illustration has been around for nearly 500 years, ever since clothes have been in existence and there has been a need to translate a design idea in to form. Not only do fashion illustrations show a representation of a garment but they also serve as art in their own right.

On Saturday 27 April as part of our Material Textile ‘Common Threads’ weekend, award-winning fashion illustrator Jason Brooks will join us to host a course in fashion illustration and impart some of his considerable knowledge and experience in the genre. Jason has hosted drawing classes at the Society of illustrators, New York and Somerset House in London. He has also hosted live drawing events with Chanel and drawn live at numerous fashion shows in London, New York and Paris Couture.

Jason studied graphic design and illustration at St Martins College in London where he began working regularly for British Vogue after winning the Vogue Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton Award for Fashion Illustration. After graduating with a Masters Degree in illustration from the Royal Collage of Art Jason continued working with magazines including The Face, Vogue, Elle and World of Interiors. He now specialises in collaborations with aspirational and luxury brands including Chanel, L’Oreal Professional and Vogue. Over 72 pieces of Jason Brooks artwork are held in the permanent collection of London’s V&A Museum.

All materials will be provided, no illustration experience necessary.

WORKSHOP: Plastics Workshop with Central St Martins


Saturday 27 April, 2-5pm  Bookings

As part of our Material Textile ‘Common Threads’ weekend we are joined by Design Researchers from the MA Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins, London who will be running a workshop recycling plastic waste. Using a shredder, extruder and 3D printing technologies participants will repurpose recycled plastic in order to design a range of wearable objects. This is a completely unique opportunity to use the latest technology and discover one possible solution to the contemporary issue of how to dispose of single use plastics.

Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled globally. This workshop will show how on the spot recycling is possible and how we can transform plastic waste streams into usable products. The aim of the workshop is to turn waste into a resource and, in doing so, demonstrate how we can start closing loops, moving away from linear thinking and embracing the circular economy.

MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins is a two-year Masters course dedicated to exploring how we will live in the future through trans-disciplinary practice and expert collaboration. Through collaboration, risk-taking and blurring the boundaries between craft, science and technology we aim to look beyond existing disciplines to anticipate our future needs, desires and challenges for the 21st century.

Jack Newbury, Maël Henaff and Rachel Foley are Design Researchers from the MA Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins, London.

DEMO: ‘Anatomy of an Embroidery’ with Jacky Puzey


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Sunday 27 April, 2 – 4pm  Bookings

As part of our Material Textile ‘Common Threads’ weekend we are delighted to welcome the embroiderer Jacky Puzey along for an in-depth look at her work and practice. For her, embroidery is as much about telling stories as about creating beautiful and unusual textures.

This hands-on demonstration will focus around the ‘anatomy’ of an embroidery: looking at samples, exploring both the concept and process. Jacky will introduce us to her prize-winning embroidery piece for Hand and Lock Prize 2015, The Nigerian Riot Girl, from concept to drawing and finally execution, discussing embroidery for couture garments as well as the conceptual design and references of this extraordinary piece. From imagery and music research to pattern cutting and structuring of the idea into a wearable art piece, Jacky will take us through the whole process, including an exploration and demonstration of the professional embroidery software she uses to create her large pieces.

Jacky Puzey specialises in digital embroidery commissions for interiors and fashion. Combining traditional embroidery skills with digital technology to create her distinctive imagery and style.

Jacky has been the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery winner 2015, part of the Crafts Council Hothouse 2016 and New Designers One Year On 2016.

Limited to 8 places only.

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: ‘Make Do & Mend’ with Georgina Faulkner-Bryant


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Saturday 27 April, 10-11am or 11-12pm  Bookings

A chance for children to learn a skill for life taught in a fun and engaging way by textile designer Georgina Faulkner-Bryant.

Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth but the clothing industry is one of the environments biggest polluters. Clothes are frequently sent to landfill because of a missing button or damage that is repairable. Georgie will show children how to repair their clothes using an embroidery hoop and sewing handmade patches onto the holes, rips or tears in their favourite things as well as how to sew on a button. Each child will learn a skills for life aswell as how to embellish and individualise their own garments.

Georgina_Faulkner_Bryant_There will be the chance to use one of a fleet of eight vintage hand crank sewing machines dating from 1877 to 1945. These machines are not only beautiful and a perfect example of how things used to be built to last, they do not require electricity to operate them which means anything sewn with them has a zero carbon manufacturing footprint. If you believe in sustainable fashion then this workshop is an opportunity not to be missed.

Georgie teaches a variety of workshops for adults and children from her textile studio in Shaftesbury focusing on sustainable fashion. She has run a sustainable event decoration business for 12 years renting 1000s of metres of bunting to festivals made from vintage and recycled fabrics and trims. Georgie regularly designs decorations for TV sets such as Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and other programmes.

Please bring an item of clothing for repair. Minimum age 6+ years.