London Craft Week at Craft Central: Exploring Wellbeing through Making

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London Craft Week at Craft Central: Exploring Wellbeing through Making

Exploring wellbeing through making is this year's theme for the programme of talks, workshops, demonstrations and exhibited work at Craft Central during London Craft Week. 

Seek inspiration from Celia Pym, Woman's Hour Craft Prize finalist. She will discuss her visible mending of textiles as an art and her residency at Kings College London in our opening night talk “Damage and Repair”.

Feed your creativity and wellbeing whilst learning embroidery with Stitch School, experts in creating community-based embroideries. Drop in sessions to take part in making this specially commissioned "Supper Cloth" are running throughout the week. 

See how jeweller Jane Sedgwick, makes her bold, playful wooden jeweller as she demonstrates the traditional woodworking techniques used in her practice. Jane manages a small woodland which provides a sustainable source of Sycamore for her work. 

Learn from Asha Buch’s talk on "Wellbeing through Ethical Practice in Textiles", a short history of the Gandhian approach to handcrafts, local and sustainable practices from India. 

Craft Central's London Craft Weeks Programme 2019

Celia Pym Damage & Repair talk, Opening Event  

8 May 6.30pm -9.00pm

Booking Necessary, £5, 50 places Book here

Exploring wellbeing through making is this year's theme for a programme of talks, workshops, demonstrations and an exhibition of work at Craft Central during London Craft Week. We start off the weeks programme with a talk by Celia Pym “For Damage and Repair: From a Norwegian Sweater to a Gold Cape”.

Using Annemor Sundbø's very damaged Ragpile sweater as a start point - Celia Pym will plot a conversation about mending damaged textiles. Discussing mending in the context of her residency at King’s College London’s Dissecting Room through to a recently commissioned project with a damaged Gold Cape.

Craft Central with Stitch School will be launching their community created stitching project.  It’s an opportunity for you to be the first to contribute to this collaborative piece of stitch art called a ‘The Supper Cloth’. Feed your creativity through stitching and co-creating whilst learning embroidery stitches.

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Exhibition: Wellbeing Through Making

More information to be released shortly

8-12 May 10am-5pm

Free, booking not necessary

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Supper Cloth Community Stitching Project

8-12 May 11am- 5pm Free

Free drop-in, booking not necessary

Be part of a collaborative piece of stitch art called a ‘The Supper Cloth’. It’s an opportunity for you to sit down, slow down and feed your creativity through stitching to co-create a communal Supper Cloth in the wonderful environment of Craft Central, The Forge. You will explore a wealth of embroidery stitches, learn to create a communal supper cloth to celebrate the art of needlework. Discovering the benefits of stitching as a form of de-stressing, which encourages making as an antidote to modern life by creating a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. This event is run by Stitch School.

www.stitch-school.com

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SAORI Weaving Workshop

9 May 2pm-6pm, 10 May 10am -2pm 11 May 2pm-6pm 

Booking necessary, £80, 4 places per session, Book here

Create your own piece of hand woven cloth.

During this workshop, you will be introduced to Saori, its history in Japan and the philosophy of this intuitive and relaxed way of weaving which greatly emphasises on free expression of texture and colour. In this way, Saori weaving can be described as an expressive form of textile art that is often highly therapeutic for the weaver/observer.

You will also learn the basics terms of weaving

-warp and weft

-shuttles, bobbins, peddles and heddles

-different yarns, tensions

- various ways to experiment with colour, texture and pattern.

Your cloth will be 30-40cm wide and have a minimum length of 1 metre, mainly depending on the weight of the yarns.

There is a good range of yarns and other textile materials to choose from.

All materials are included, participants are also welcome to bring their own yarn if they wish to. Japanese Saori floor looms will be provided with a ready-made warp to weave on.

You take home what you weave, a table runner, small scarf or wall-hanging for instance.

No prior weaving experience needed.

Held by Janine of Freeweaver Saori Studio, www.freeweaver.co.uk

 

Natural Dying Workshops

9 May 6.30pm-8.30pm

Booking necessary, £45, 10 places Book here

Use fresh and dried flowers to naturally dye silk in this eco-conscious workshop with designer Georgia Bosson. Learn how to dye silk with bundle dying using only natural flora. We'll be using seasonal plants along with a selection of carefully dried flowers and a variety of mordents. Create a unique length delicate silk that can be used to make a scarf, pillowcase, lavender bags or even beautiful Japanese style Furoshiki gift wrapping. You will leave with the knowledge and skills required to make your own bundle–dyed items, using simple equipment which can be found in your kitchen.

The workshop fee includes two pieces of silk one 45 x 45cm and one 30 x 90cm approx and all workshop materials, there will be additional silk to buy on the day should you wish to make more than two pieces.

www.georgiabosson.co.uk

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“Wellbeing Through Ethical Practice in Textiles”, talk by Asha Buch

10 May 2pm-3pm

Booking necessary, £5, 40 places Book here

A short history of the Gandhian approach to handcrafts, local and sustainable practices from India, hand spinning, organic cotton use.

A Brief Bio of Asha Buch

Asha was born in a family which actively participated in India’s non-violent freedom movement led by Gandhi. Her parents played an important role in promoting an alternative vision of society through social activities (constructive work) as envisioned by Gandhi. Khadi was an important part of this vision. Her family members continue to be engaged with organising khadi and other village industries, ensuring the relevance of Gandhi’s legacy.

Khadi (pronounced Khādī) is any cloth that is hand-spun and hand-woven. In 1918 Mahatma Gandhi started his movement for Khadi when spinning and weaving were elevated to an ideology for self-reliance and self-governance

Asha wore khadi from birth and learnt to spin charkha at the age of about seven. Spinning classes were a regular feature of her schooling. Asha only wore khadi clothes till she came to the UK about 40 years ago. Asha continues to use khadi and other hand made goods as much as she can. She has a great faith in the revival of khadi, a faith based on the technological changes, especially modifications in Charkha designs that continue to be a feature of khadi production.

 

Introduction to Khadi Cotton Hand Spinning on the Indian Charkha

10 May 3pm-5pm

Booking necessary, £35, 6 places Book Here

During this session, you will learn the basics of hand spinning, gain insights into how cotton is produced and what its characteristics are in terms of fibre structure and be introduced to the Gandhian philosophy on the importance of hand spinning.

Khadi (pronounced Khādī) is any cloth that is hand-spun and hand-woven. In 1918 Mahatma Gandhi started his movement for Khadi when spinning and weaving were elevated to an ideology for self-reliance and self-governance.

Bring your own Charkha or use a book charkha from Freeweaver Studio free of charge, organic cotton rolags available for purchase at £7.50 each

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Demonstration of practice by Jane Sedgwick, modernist wooden bead Jewellery

11 May 11am- 2pm

Free booking not necessary

Jane will demonstrate a combination of colouring (using paints & pencils) and simple texturing (including hand carving, filing, stamping) techniques for decorating hand turned wooden beads.  Threading and knotting techniques suitable for wooden bead jewellery will also be demonstrated.

Jane Sedgwick makes bold, playful, wooden jewellery. She uses traditional woodworking techniques but with the approach of a modernist. Jane manages a small woodland which provides a sustainable supply of Sycamore for her work.

She will be holding an introduction to decorated wooden bead jewellery workshop at 3.30pm-6pm Saturday

Demonstration of SAORI  Weaving by Erna Janine

11 May 11am- 2pm

Free booking not necessary

Saori Weaving is an intuitive style of hand weaving developed in Japan in the late Sixties to enable weavers to create unique pieces of cloth, play with colour and texture and weave in an expressive way. Janine will be demonstrating two-shaft weaving and talking about the philosophy behind this “mindful weaving”. Several easy-to-use floor looms will allow visitors to try their hand at weaving, choosing from a selection of yarns and other textiles

Erna Janine been involved with natural textiles for over 20 years. She studied hand spinning with animal and plant fibres, botanical dyes and Viking age textile construction: warp-weighted looms, tablet weaving, nonbinding, etc. at the Icelandic College for Traditional Handcrafts in Reykjavik.

For the last four years she has been visiting Japan regularly to study Saori free weaving, a hand weaving technique developed by Misao Jo. Unlike traditional textile techniques which rely on repeating patterns, Saori weaving is freestyle, personal to the weaver and so expressive that each cloth is unique, a work of art

Drop-in Rug hooking with Sarah Desmarais, wellbeing in craft practitioner

 11 May 11am-3pm

Free, booking not necessary

Originally a craft of poverty practised since the 1800s in Europe and North America, rug hooking is a means of making beautiful and economical rugs, hangings and bags from textile scraps.  Strips of fabric or yarn are pulled through a hessian backing with a hook to create a looped surface.  Almost any scrap fabric can be used, and there are infinite possibilities for playing with texture and colour.   Rug hooking is quickly learnt and relaxing and sociable to do.  This drop-in workshop offers an opportunity to try out this traditional craft and to explore, through making and conversation, what crafting can contribute to wellbeing.  The workshop is open to all, and requires no previous design or textile skills.

Facilitator Sarah Desmarais is a textile designer-maker, crafts researcher and psychotherapist. She produces hand-printed silks and linens using the techniques of Japanese katazome, with hand-cut stencils and a rice-paste resist.  As a researcher and arts facilitator, she’s experienced in using creative making to support wellbeing, and has carried out research into and written about the wellbeing benefits of crafts practice, for instance in partnership with Arts for Health Cornwall and University of the Arts London, and with the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing.  She currently supervises doctoral research into textile making and mental health at the Royal College of Art

https://www.sarahdesmarais.com/-

 

Stitch School A-Z Embroidery Workshop 

11 May 11am-1.30pm

Booking necessary £45, 12 places Book here

This two hour workshop includes the full A-Z Embroidery kit and introduction to the alphabet of embroidery stitches complete with printed linen sampler, hoop, threads, tapestry needles and Instruction booklet. Each letter of the alphabet has its own individual stitch to practice. Along with the A-Z instruction booklet you will explore the vocabulary of embroidery to make your own unique linen sampler. No experience necessary

Colouring & Decorating Handmade Wooden Beads Workshop

11 May 3pm-6pm , £45, 6 places Book here

This is an introduction to decorated wooden bead jewellery. You will explore techniques for colouring and texturing turned wooden beads and will be introduced to range of materials and techniques for threading and connecting bead forms to make your own necklace

No previous experience of working with wood or jewellery is not needed.

Jane Sedgwick makes bold, playful, wooden jewellery. She uses traditional woodworking techniques but with the approach of a modernist. Jane manages a small woodland which provides a sustainable supply of Sycamore for her work.

www.janesedgwick.co.ukg

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Slip Casting & Candle Making Workshop, Ana Bridgewater of Abalon Ltd

12 May 1pm-4pm

 £50, 10 places available Book here

Aromatherapy Candles are the perfect solution to help with relaxation, anxiety, stress relief and for sleep preparation. In this workshop, you will make a unique porcelain pot to house a beautifully scented hand-poured candle.

Learn the basic technique for mould slip casting, how to add colour to the slip cast transforming the translucent porcelain with dramatic effect. Once fired you will be able to transform them into a beautifully scented candle to take home and enjoy.