Beyond the Studio

I’ve shared my studio practice with you for the last few weeks, it’s been great having time to focus on my new pieces of work but the studio is just a small part of my working week. Here are a few of the things I get up to each week.

Project Research

I’m always looking for new ideas and inspiration and Leeds has a wealth of exhibitions and resources. I’m currently developing some new ideas with visual art Louise Atkinson and we’ve been researching textile history and migration in Leeds.

Our research led us to Leeds City Museum’s current exhibition A City & Its Welcome. The exhibition was the subject of this month’s Sociable History Club, led by the curatorial team.

‘A city and its welcome’ tells the stories and experiences of those who have made a home in Leeds over the past three centuries, and how they have helped shape the city that we recognise today. Come on a journey with us  to see the differences between their hopes and expectations and the realities of life in a new place, plus treasured objects brought from afar.

Creative Workshops

Teaching is an integral part of my business and I work with a variety of ages and abilities who want to learn a new skill. I’m excited to be working with my good friend Leigh Bowser at the Stitch Up Summer School throughout August.

We’ve been working with children aged 8+ on a series of textile based workshops and this week they created some felt food. We used felt, hand stitch and fabric pens to create fun food and I love what the children have created.

Socially Engaged Practice

Storytelling forms a huge part of my own practice, using fabric and thread to share my own life with audiences. I’ve worked on several socially engaged projects in 2019 including It’s For You with Leeds Playhouse.

Working with Flamingos Coffee House and Richmond Hill Community Centre, I’m delivering a series of creative drop-in workshops celebrating Pride and beyond. We’ve been exploring Craftivism and how we can use stitch to share our stories and send a positive message. I love working on projects like this, meeting new people and sharing my skills to help people tell their story.

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