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Use up those scraps of pre-loved fabrics that you’re not sure what to do with to design and create unique pieces to celebrate their memories. The theme for Spring 2022 is ‘repair’

What will you learn on this course?

This term we will look at Mindfulness and techniques incorporating the beautiful simplicity of visible repair.

We will enjoy the relaxing techniques of hand stitching taking ideas from the Slow Movement to create beautiful samples and enhance fabrics with0 the art of visible mending.

Continuing the theme, you will learn how other cultures and textile artists embrace the art of simple repairs using hand stitching. You will experiment and create work taking influences from European darning, Indian Kantha work using worn saris, the simple stitch repair of Japanese Boro work to the geometric and complex designs of Japanese Sashiko.  Your samples can be used to make and embellish a simple Japanese rice bag complete with handmade cords from re-cycled yarns.

You will have the opportunity to bring worn or torn garments (even that pair of jeans with torn knees) to lovingly embellish with repairs, patching, covered buttons and stitch to create new works of art from old to do your bit to help the environment and avoid landfill.

The Japanese art of Wabi Sabi is appreciating the imperfect. We will reflect, re-love, re-use natural fabrics by natural dyeing with plants including indigo. Using fabrics and metallic foils you will even take inspiration from the practice of Kintsugi- repairing broken ceramics with gold.

You will learn about Craftivism, a Movement combining activism and craft -the art of gentle protest. You will have the opportunity to consider how to participate and create our own simple project to make our non-confrontational and legal mark on an injustice, using textiles. This may be to promote re using and re cycling to avoid waste or similar.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people who are both completely new to textiles and those who wish to learn new approaches to design and develop their skills further.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. Students can be accompanied by a carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

This course involves working at low tables and good dexterity is needed in your hands.

Do you need to bring anything?

Bring along any pre-loved fabric you'd like to use in your pieces.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course?

Helen Lane

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Dates & Times

    Textiles: Surface Decoration (TE07 Spring)