The AHRC funded Stitching Together research network project aims to support academic and non-academic stakeholders to develop improved critical understandings of participatory textile making as an emerging methodological approach used in cross-disciplinary research, through the creation of a sustainable network of researchers, professional textile practitioners, project commissioners and enthusiast textile maker groups.
This short film, made by R & A Collaborations, both communicates these intentions and documents the first network event, the Case Study Workshop, which took place at Clayhill Arts, near Bridgewater in Somerset, on 2nd-3rd April 2019.
The Case Study Workshop brought together 13 researchers who use participatory textile making from across a range of disciplines to tackle the question: How is participatory textile making being used as a new methodological approach to research? Each researcher was invited to present and discuss their work with peers via a ‘taster’ workshop to demonstrate their participatory textile making methods. Attendees were invited to sample these working methods in a series of specifically organised participatory making activities, which allowed us all to have a closer understanding of the materials, tools, physical sensations, technical challenges and group dynamics in order to be able to tackle the question from the specificity of each activity.