I deliver workshops in elemental hand-led techniques of twining, plaiting, coiling and mark-making in embroidery. Over 13 years’ experience has led me work within a variety of settings including galleries, museums, higher education, women's charities, public spaces, and residential care homes. My aim is to demonstrate how readily available materials can be transformed with unashamedly simple techniques.
This workshop was part of the annual Mental Wealth Festival at City Lit and The National Gallery, London. I have led well-being related experiences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College, London. Workshops are designed for participants to enjoy the benefits of a self-induced state of sustained focus whilst hand-stitching. Drawing inspiration from personal colour selections, paintings or traditional cultural activities.
A fluid, temporary installation of textile fragments, hand-drilled dried cassia bark, cardamon pods, cloves, nutmeg; displayed along with metal findings, pins and cords. The space was an open invitation for visitors to select materials from the wall and sit with me to create mementos. Along with conversation about the materials, the colours and associated memories I gave guidance in basic sewing and knotting skills. On leaving the space, participants left notes, poems and thanks on cards that were hung on the wall over the two-weeks. As ephemeral materials exchanged hands and places, the intangible connections and interactions left traces in unstrung and unpicked displays, hand-written notes and momentary friendships.