A free online conversation and stitching session exploring connections between textiles and wellbeing led by artist & writer Claire Wellesley-Smith.
Claire is an artist, writer and researcher based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Her books, Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art (2015) and Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art (2021) published by Batsford, draw on nearly 20 years of experience working on long-term community-based textile projects often in arts and health settings. Her current PhD project with the Open University explores community resilience through engagement with textile and heritage projects.
This zoom session will explore some connections between textiles and wellbeing through projects working with Super Slow Way and in other community settings. It will offer participants an opportunity to discuss these themes through a Q and A and try out some simple stitching ideas.
Materials list (if you would like to stitch during the session)
• A piece of plain, neutral coloured, medium weight fabric – cotton or linen is ideal, approx. 20cm square.
• Needle and thread/s. Ordinary sewing thread is fine, other embroidery threads if you have them, in a variety of colours though just one would do.
• Something to mark your base fabric – a pencil, friction pen or embroidery marking pen.