This Craft Council funded event, during the British Textile Biennial is open to anyone of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, and levels of experience to come together and create a sculptural installation made from recycled textiles. The piece will consist of different sized, individually made, brightly coloured, textile sculptures joined together to form a whole sculptural installation in The Bureau.
Participants will contribute personal textiles that express their identity, culture or beliefs, as well as being invited to bring discarded textiles from home for re-cycling.
The workshops encourage both the sharing of traditional sewing and textile craft skills that participants may already have, as well as our artists teaching skills in embroidery, needlework and printmaking.
We want to encourage participants to develop a greater understanding of the impact of textile waste on the planet and how they can use the skills they have learned to reduce their own textile waste.
All day drop in to work alongside an artist to create freeform hoop based sculptural pieces using recycled textiles including weaving, stitching and tying techniques.
Book on sessions:
Needlecraft -slots available from 10-1pm
Printmaking 1-4pm : Join artist Leonie Stephenson to learn relief printmaking techniques to create a piece of printed work to be incorporated into a large collective sculptural piece as part of The Craft Council’s 50 year’s celebration. All materials are provided, but if you want to bring scrap fabric pieces from home to use then that is encouraged.
This is a messy activity so please wear old clothes.
The teaching element is the beginning of the 1 hour slots but once you know what you are doing you are fine to stay longer if there is space available.
Crafts Council and will be delivered through craft activities taking place at venues across the UK such as craft studios, museums, galleries, schools and community centres.
Working together we will prioritise the social and environmental value of making, and platform new voices and narratives that have been historically overlooked.
Championing ideas of diversity, sustainability, and resilience, our workshops are a call to action to rethink the role of making as a vehicle
for social change.