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Alternative Mending Workshops with Georgina Hooper

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As part of our April exhibition and events programme: The Whole Is Other (Than The Sum Of Its Parts) - curated by the artist collection Graduate Monthly - Georgina Hooper will be running two alternative mending workshops.

The key focus of the workshops are “Mind over matter/Mindful over Material: The Interrelations of Textiles, Repair and Mindfulness" In the workshop you will explore and experiment with a range of mending techniques, some of which have been retranslated from traditional methods into contemporary and alternative approaches to mending such as:


Darning – visible mending/surface weaving

Sashiko patchwork

Boro method of re-sustaining fabric

Securing exposed rips, holes and tears

Utilitarian embellishment – embroidery crossover

Opportunistic button holes

Fusing fabrics together by melting, bonding, gluing

Taping cloth together

Punk inspired fixes – bull dog clips, safety pins, staples, Velcro

Knots – instant crochet and macramé as mending method

There will lots of examples of each method to look at, handle and explore and the workshop will be a carousel of different techniques which can be tested out and samples on a broken garment that people bring to the workshop, but there will also be pieces available to test out on if you don't have anything to bring with you.

Georgina is an academic, teaching fashion, textiles, and art/craft based therapy Textile Designer - with an alchemist angle, she explores innovative ways of merging and cross contaminating processes and techniques together. Her practice look at the interrelations between performance, fashion and textiles. She is the founder of SU:STAIN – exploring mindfulness, sustainability through creativity in the here and now.


Georgina says:


An instant ‘knee-jerk’ reaction might be to think “Why should we go to the effort of mending a garment when it is so much easier and almost certainly; well definitely cheaper to buy new?Technically true no matter how not-true this should be. What mending does is so much more than reconnecting cloth to cloth to allow continuation of ware. Mending allows us to realise and become aware of the concept that clothing can have a soul and a memory and therefore should be treated with respect.

A daily routine of caring for the cloth we clothe ourselves in; our garments, fashion statements, wardrobe essentials…could almost become ritualistic. It could eventually become a cathartic activity, relaxing and calming as we, launder, iron, fold, button up, patchup and when needed stitch our thoughts and dreams into them. Investing in them. Re-investing in them. Investing in ourselves. Re-investing in ourselves.



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