Do you have a beloved sweater that’s been nibbled by moths, or a favourite pair of jeans that have worn through at the knees? Whatever your garment woes, join artist Celia Pym for a mending workshop.
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. The aim of the workshop is to practice mending techniques. You will learn about 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.
Darning materials will be provided however please bring along any damaged items that you would like to discuss repair options for.
No previous darning, knitting, 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.”
Celia is an artist living and working in London. Most recently her work has been included in the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum, London, Motive/Motif: Commemorating the Suffragettes, Here East, London and the Loewe Craft Prize, 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo and Chamber Gallery, New York. She has shown work at galleries including Noveau Museé National de Monaco, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Center and Pump House Gallery, London. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the Royal College of Art.
This event is part of Donna Wilson’s 15th year celebration at London Design Festival. For more information visit: https://www.donnawilson.com/15th-birthday-pop-up-ldf