Darning & Mending Workshop with Celia Pym

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Darning & Mending Workshop with Celia Pym

Begins: Friday 21 February 2020

Ends: Friday 28 February 2020

Session: 2


Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 10

A two part darning & mending workshop perfect for learning how to repair those holes in heels, elbows, pockets and knees!

This course explores traditional darning and mending techniques as well as Celia’s own creative practice of visible mending. You will investigate the care involved in mending, and the emotional or social value of darning and repair.

In the first session participants will practice woven darning techniques on knitted items like socks and jumpers. The second session focusses more on the repair of woven items like shirts and jeans and Celia will show you how use Sashiko stitches and Japanese Boro Textiles as inspiration to patch, mend and reinforce points of wear.

Level: No previous experience is necessary however accomplished darners are most welcome, there will be a range of activities to meet different levels and there is much opportunity to explore your creative side.

Materials: We invite everyone to bring their own items that need repairing, however, socks will be provided for the workshop. You will also make darning samplers on linen cloth with embroidery thread, and explore patched mending.

Celia will bring books and slides of both her work and others who employ mending and darning in their work, these will be available for you to reference during the workshop.

Relevant artists: Louise Bourgeois, Sashiko work, Tom of Holland, Vladimir Arkhipov, Rachael Matthews: UFO project, Freddie Robins, Celia Pym

All materials, tools and refreshments are provided. You will also get 10% off everything in store on the day of your class


Celia Pym has a BA (hons) in Visual and Environmental Studies (sculpture), from Harvard University, USA and an MA in Constructed Textiles, from London Royal College of Art. Celia is an artist who works with knitting and embroidery as well as darning, she particularly works on custom mending and repair projects. She has a wide exhibition history most recently her work was included in, 'No excuse for what I do in private' at Delicious Spectacle in Washington DC and in 'UFO: unfinished object administration project' at Prick Your Finger in Bethnal Green. Celia also teaches Art part-time and delivers workshops for teenagers with ReachOutRCA at the Royal College of Art. She thinks of herself as a mending detective.

"Now I darn and am looking for holes in people’s clothes and the stories that accompany them; repairing these holes and returning the mended garments. It is a way to briefly make contact with strangers. I am interested in the spaces the body occupies, the tenderness of touch and the ways in which we go about day to day life".

Learn more about Celia's work on her website - www.celiapym.com