Slow Stitch Retreat with Claire Wellesley-Smith 11th & 12th May 2019
Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, educator and writer based in West Yorkshire. She specialises in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place. She is a highly experienced tutor who works on long-term community projects about wellbeing, arts and health, and heritage, in higher education, and at venues around the UK and Europe. Her book, Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art was published in 2015.
This two-day Stitch Retreat will explore a variety of ‘slow’ textile techniques using traditional skills as inspiration. Old quilt samples, Japanese Boro pieces and hand mended scraps are among the textile treasures from Claire’s collection and we will be exploring these and learning to read the textiles. We will use plain sewing, patchwork techniques and a palette of thread and fabric repurposed and naturally dyed. There will be opportunities to explore the wellbeing benefits that can be gained from slow textile processes and a daily textile practice. This course will encourage a reflective way of working and will lead to a resonant, personal piece of work.
£180 including all materials, 2 course lunch - 10am - 4pm 2 day workshop
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