San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
...by a thread... masterclass with Claire Wellesley-Smith
This hand-stitch focussed course will explore a variety of ‘slow’ textile techniques, using traditional skills as inspiration. Intricate mending and old quilt samples are among the many textile treasures in the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and we will be looking at these and learning to ‘read’ them. Making connections between the fabrics, fibres and threads that we use, we will then explore simple stitching, plain-sewing and patching 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.
- You are invited to bring a piece or pieces of fabric that hold a memory for you – the more worn the better (this will be incorporated in your work).
- You are also invited to bring a textile piece that holds a memory for you to share a textile story about in group conversation – this could be something that you have made, a family heirloom, an item of clothing (this will not be incorporated in your work).
A materials pack is included in the cost of the day.
The maximum number of participants for this masterclass course is 10.
Please bring a packed lunch with you.
About Claire Wellesley-Smith
Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, teacher and writer based in Bradford. Her practice explores the capacity of textiles to carry layered social and cultural meaning. Investigations into overlooked histories and archive research inform her current work which is concerned with themes around loss and repair. Her projects are often long-term engagements with communities and explore how place, heritage and memory connect people to their surrounding environment.
Her book Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art was published by Batsford in 2015.
About the venue
Gawthorpe Hall is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan country house. It can be chilly in the Hall, so please wear warm clothing. Due to the historic nature of the building there is no wheelchair access. There are some external and internal stairs. The course is held in the Library which is located on the ground floor, with a few steps up to the entrance. The textile galleries are reached via two flights of stairs, and there are additional stairs to access the rest of the building.
There is free parking for visitors, approximately 150 yards from the Hall, with mobilty access closer to the Hall.
More detailed visitor information for Gawthorpe Hall is avaialble at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gawthorpe-hall and new.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums/gawthorpe-hall.
When & Where
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is an independent charity based at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire. Originally called the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Collections, the charity was created after the death of our founder, Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (1886- 1967) to care for the collection of textiles she had amassed and to make it accessible through learning programmes and curated collection displays in the Hall itself.
We work in partnership with Lancashire County Council and the National Trust, who together manage the Hall and its grounds.