Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis and Celia Pym

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Richard McVetis draws on his love of traditional hand embroidery, and discusses the act of stitching with fellow artist and maker Celia Pym.

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*Booking opens at 11am on Friday 17th July*

For this online masterclass, Richard McVetis has drawn on his love of stitching; paying attention to time and labour while exploring the process in conversation with with fellow artist and textile maker Celia Pym.

Richard will teach different traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do them and why you do them. Throughout the session, Richard and Celia will talk about their maker practices, and together discuss the versatility and strengths of stitching for drawing and mark-making, and the pleasure in having time to make.

The masterclass will accommodate up to 100 participants, as we try a new format to open up our making workshops to as many people as possible!

No experience or skill necessary, all welcome.

To take part in the session you will need:

  • A piece of fabric to stitch on - wool, cotton or linen, nothing too tightly woven
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needles
  • A range of sewing threads (doesn’t need to be hand embroidery specific)
  • An embroidery hoop (if you don’t have a hoop, you can use a small wooden picture frame and pins instead. Take out the glass out of the wooden frame and pin the fabric to its back)

Richard McVetis is a British artist, known for his meticulously embroidered drawings and sculptures. His artistic practice centres on his training as an embroiderer through the use of traditional hand stitch techniques and mark making. Using laboured and meticulously worked wools and multiples of embroidered dots and crosses, he explores the similarities between pen on paper and thread on fabric, employing a limited vocabulary of mark making and deliberately subdued colour to create a binary simplicity.

Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London, her work has been included in exhibitions such as the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and 21_21, Tokyo and she lectures in Knitted and Mixed Media textiles at the Royal College of Art. Celia has been exploring the process of mending since 2007 with extensive experience of small everyday holes, at heels, elbows, in pockets, as well as working on more dramatic damage, caused by water, animals nesting and moths. Celia’s interests are around the evidence of damage – through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing this wearing is often to do with use and how the body moves.

On the use of Zoom: We are using Zoom as a third party in order to enable our online knitting circles but please be aware that there are concerns about Zoom's approach to privacy. Users of Zoom should ensure that they have read and understand Zoom’s privacy policy. In any case, where possible we recommend using the web-based version of Zoom rather than using the app, which allows greater control of the information shared with the provider, although using the browser-based version of Zoom may not work for some of our events. We will keep looking into our use of Zoom for online events as well as weighing up other video calling options.

Pictures courtesy of Richard McVetis.

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