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CLAIRE WELLESLEY-SMITH, UK: Slow Colour and Stitch

Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, educator and writer based in West Yorkshire, UK. 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. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place. She is a highly experienced tutor who has worked in higher education, on long-term community projects about wellbeing, arts and health and heritage, and at venues around the UK and in Europe. Her book Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art (Batsford) was published in 2015 and has been reprinted six times.

 

Slow Colour and Stitch

This hand-stitch centered course will explore a variety of ‘slow’ textile techniques using traditional skills as inspiration. Japanese Boro pieces, intricate mending and old quilt samples are among the textile treasures from Claire’s collection and we will be exploring these and learning to ‘read’ the textiles. Making connections between the fabrics, fibres and threads that we use we will then explore simple natural dyeing, mark making, stitching, plain-sewing and patchwork techniques. 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 resonant, personal pieces of work.

This workshop is suitable for participants with all levels of experience.