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Workshops // Coming up // Visible Mending: The Art of Gentle Protest Through Embroidery
22 April

Visible Mending: The Art of Gentle Protest Through Embroidery

Lucy Whittaker is an Embroidery and Textiles artist based in Cornwall at her studio in Krowji. She teaches techniques such as thread-painting and visible mending and loves to share her knowledge and passion for the subject. 

As she comes from a Fine Art background you can expect to get involved with a range of different mixed media techniques in a workshop. 

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” Mahatma Gandhi.

Fixing your clothing is a gentle act of political resistance. It says no to the single use systems that are in place, that regard quick turnover, high wastage and poor quality as positive. Instead, it embraces a system of community, upskilling and longevity. Using embroidery is an incredible way to add art to your wardrobe and can take a piece of clothing from something that never sees the light of day to a staple of every outfit. 

Having the ability to be with other in a compassionate space is a cornerstone to a healthy life. So here, fixing is not only in reference to the rips in the clothing, but also to the divides that people might experience, especially after the years of lockdowns and separation. 

Coming together to stitch has a great ability to gently mend the tears experienced through covid in the fabric of our community. Little by little, stitch by stitch.

Within this workshop you will learn a variety of embroidery techniques and stitches, create your own design and bring life to an old item of clothing (if you wish to bring one along).

All materials will be provided, you are welcome to bring clothing to sew into, but there will be fabric provided for if you don’t.

Workshops suitable for ages 12+.  Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 


Visible Mending: The Art of Gentle Protest Through Embroidery

Saturday 22nd April 



Saturday 29th April 


Cost: £45 + £1 Poly Fund 


You may also be interested in the rest of our sustainable series:

Fashion Re-Imagined on 30th March: Fashion Reimagined explores Amy’s journey from outsider in the fashion world, to industry leader as she examines the complexities and waste of the global supply chain, whilst her own personal revolution becomes the precursor of a much bigger societal change. Click here for more info.

The Nettle Dress with Director & Textile Artist Q&A on 4th May: A modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft. Click here for more info.



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