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Material Narratives: Exploring Textile Processes

20 - 21 January 2018, 10.30am - 4pm

£150 / £112.50 Members

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’s learning studios, 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 workshop will take inspiration from the architecture and environment of the gallery, as well as the collections and exhibitions, for print and stitch based work on textiles, exploring techniques such as block printing using mordants and natural dyes, and simple repetitive stitching. Over two days you will make a selection of printed and dyed textiles using natural dyes and begin a piece of stitched work using these textiles.

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Half of the allocated places are offered to Members at the discounted rate of 25% off, sold on a first come, first served basis.  Become a Member.

If you have any questions or special requirements then don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing  learning@hepworthwakefield.org  or calling 01924 247398.

About the tutor

Clare Wellesley-Smith is an artist, educator and writer based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She studied politics as an undergraduate and has a Masters degree in Visual Arts from Bradford School of Art. She specialises in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. Dyes and stitches on reclaimed cloth are used in slow processes that allow time for consideration of methods of production and narratives of use.

Claire uses archival research as the starting point for her work, looking at locations and community stories. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place. Socially-engaged arts projects are a key part of Claire’s practice. Her projects are often community-based and explore the ways that place, heritage and memory can connect people to their surrounding environment.