Pilot workshops undertaken with Level 4 and Level 5 BA (Hons) Textiles students exploring hand-stitching and mark-making as reflective space for students in an educational setting.
A number of workshops were held over a period of four months with small groups of students working collectively on large-scale drawings and stitched works. The aim is to create making experiences that engineer time and space for opportunities to reconsider entrenched habits, and for shared discussion of fundamental topics related to textile practices.
During these workshops students were asked to undertake specific tasks whereby the repetition of simple mark-making gestures provoked thoughtful and surprising responses to the work created: the distinctiveness of handmade work, the unconscious influence of peers, the fear of ruining another person’s work, the usefulness of boredom in stimulating new creative directions, and the importance (or not) of order and structure in building pattern.
Students involved in the stitching workshops: Charlotte Alexander, Rachel Allo, Sarah Appleton, Aston Baker, Lauren Baker, Hannah Carson, Libby Coombes, Gabriele Goodwin, Lily Goulding, Jennifer Hayes, Mae Littleton, Charlotte Mawford, Molly Meadway, Abbie Messenger, Heather Mowlem, Ellie Nixon-Hill, Adrienne Oakley, Jemma Pratt, Hannah Salisbury, Sarah Wilson, Sarah Wright, Ella Yeoman
Students involved in the drawing workshops: Alex Barnes, Heather Bold, Suman Dhesi, Brienny Dudley, Courtney Guy, Ellen Harris, Isabelle Hill, Sophie Kiddell, Dana Lovett, Jess Orme-Dawson, Aditi Patwari, Georgina Price, Steffi Stough, Jane Trevorrow, Amy Williams, Ollie Woodall
Film editing: Callum Howat-Maxted