Creative Mending is a workshop that explores textile repair on knitted and woven textiles – how you do it and why you do it. It considers the tenderness and care of mending. The aim of the workshop is to practise mending techniques on knitted and woven garments, as you learn about artists working with repair. You will develop skills in woven and fake ‘knitted’ darning and patching. There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any of your own garments that have holes. Initially you will focus on repairing wool with darning and then focus moves on to repairing woven cloth through patching. Please bring along any damaged wool, knitted items such as socks and sweaters as well as woven clothes like jeans and shirts, skirts that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will be provided. No previous darning, knitting, patching or needle based experience is necessary.
Celia Pym has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of small everyday holes, at heels, elbows, in pockets as well as working on more dramatic damage, from water damage, animal nesting and moths issues. Celia’s 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.”
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Celia Pym is a teacher with 15 years experience. She works with knitted, stitched and woven textiles and has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of everyday holes. She is currently visiting lecturer in textiles at Royal College of Art.