Textile artist Claire Wellesley-Smith will present a special two-day course that investigates creative and conceptual approaches to textiles. Based at The Hepworth Wakefield, you will generate a number of innovative experiments, learning processes with an emphasis on issues connected to sustainability and well-being. Using traditional techniques, Claire’s sessions explore the relationships between craft, social history and the natural environment.
This hand-stitch course will explore a variety of ‘slow’ textile techniques using traditional skills as inspiration. You will explore and learn to ‘read’ treasures from Claire’s textile collection, insluding old quilt samples, Japanese Boro pieces and hand-mended scraps. You will use simple stitching, plain-sewing and patchwork techniques and a palette of thread and fabric, repurposed and naturally dyed by Claire. Participants will explore the possibilities of developing a daily textile practice through the use of a stitch journal. There will be opportunities to explore the pleasure and wellbeing benefits that can be found from slow textile processes. This course will encourage a reflective way of working and will lead to a resonant, personal piece of work.
About the tutor
Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, educator and writer based in West Yorkshire. Claire specialises in projects that use natural colours created from home-grown and locally foraged plants, using dyes and stitches on reclaimed cloth in slow processes that allow time for consideration of methods of production and narratives of use. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place.
Claire is a highly experienced tutor who has produced work for higher education institutions, long-term community projects, and venues around the UK and Europe.
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A two week cancellation policy applies to all workshops. As commercial workshops support our charitable activities, and materials and equipment are ordered in advance, we regret that refunds cannot be offered less than two weeks before the workshop date should you wish to cancel your place.
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