Free workshops, UnMade in England

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Amanda Whewell will be leading free mixed media workshops inspired by her exhibition in the Gallery space this month. ‘UnMade in England’ emerged from a project which involved deconstructing charity shop clothes and reconstructing them into balls of yarn and quilted fabric, find out how she transforms these unloved materials into artworks and make your own during her workshop program.

My professional practice involves creating and delivering workshops for schools, community groups and arts and wellbeing projects. I am interested in working outside of the traditional art environment such as within museums, heritage sites, libraries, allotment societies etc., using these areas as inspiration and bringing art to people who would not necessarily visit an art gallery.

The aim behind my workshops is to inspire creativity, look at things in a different way, teach textile skills as an art form but that can relate back to useful and practical tasks such as sewing on a button and mending a seam. I use pre-used textiles, mostly old clothes, which provide a wide range of exciting fabrics and trimmings to be un-made and re-made.

Deconstructing the clothes gives an insight into the skills used and time taken to create them, and provides information about their previous life. The materials, techniques and skills sharing involved in the workshops also raises awareness of environmental, economic and social sustainability issues.

The most important aspect is that the workshops are enjoyable, social and thought provoking and that the participants feel good and confident about what they have achieved and want to do more.

Workshops cater for a range of ages and sessions will run across the last two weekends of June:

Saturday 21 June

11.30 – 12.30pm Children’s workshop (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult)

2 – 3pm Young people over 12 year old and Adults

Sunday 22 June

11.30 – 13.00pm Adult workshop

Saturday 28 June

11.30 – 12.30pm Children’s workshop (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult)

Saturday 28 June

2 – 3pm Young people over 12 year old and Adults

Sunday 29 June

11.30 – 1pm Adults

Find out more about Amanda’s project on her blog www.unmadeinengland.blogspot.co.uk UnMade in England runs until 5th July.

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