Celia Pym : Mending
Weds 6 Nov 10.30–4.30 with 1hour for lunch (supplied)
Mending is a workshop that explores textile repair on knitted and wool textiles, how you do it and why
you do it. It considers the tenderness and care of mending. The aim of the workshop is to practice
mending techniques on knit. You will learn about artists working with repair. You will learn and develop
skills in woven and fake ‘knitted’ darning. There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any
sweaters and socks and wool accessories that you own and that have holes. Please bring along any
damaged wool and knitted items that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will
be provided. No previous darning, knitting, needle based experience is necessary.
to have a good time, develop understanding and knowledge of purpose, significance and
techniques of textile repair. To think about own garments, evidence of use, history of the object, why the
learn different mending techniques including, woven darning, ‘knitted darning’, work on
repairing own garments
Introduced to a selection of artists who work with repair or have documented repair for example –
Vladimir Arkhipov, Quilts of Gees Bend, Annemor Sundbo,
Discuss what participants are hoping to get out of the session and what their experiences of darning have
been. Look at garments that have been brought and the holes that need fixing.
Demonstrate woven darning and show example of ‘knitted darning’. Depending on experience
participants can begin with woven or ‘knitted’ darning sample. Differentiate following hour depending
on participants needs – some can progress to knitted darn.
Move on to working participants own garments – using skills learnt in first hour of session.
Participants own garments/items that need repairing
Wool for darning
Knitting samples to practice on
Needles, scissors, pencils, paper
Examples of darning techniques
Handouts with examples of artists repair work
Celia Pym has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of small everyday holes, at
heels, elbows, in pockets as well as working on more dramatic damage, from water damage, animal
nesting and moth issues. Celia’s interests are around the evidence of damage – through repair you look
closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing this wearing is often to do
with use and how the body moves. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying
attention to where things fray and wear out.”
Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London most recently her work has been included in
exhibitions Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid and 21_21,
Tokyo. In 2018 she was commissioned to make Flying Gold Cape for Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.
A new ambitious work using a cape from the museums archive collection of Opera Garnier costumes. She
is currently a visiting lecturer in Knitted and Mixed Media textiles at the Royal College of Art.