WORKSHOP: Creative Mending with Celia Pym

Saturday 27 April 2019

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.

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