Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art

Thursday 13 May | 6pm – 7:30pm | £5 | Online Event

Join textile artist and writer Claire Wellsley Smith in this online in conversation as she discusses her new book Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art.

Claire Wellesley-Smith has long been fascinated by the concept of ‘resilience’, as part of this talk hear how she explores this theme in her new book, through the art itself and in the people creating it. Through this conversation Claire will discuss the concept of resilience and its connection to mental wellbeing and place it into the context of the coronavirus pandemic illustrated by one stitch community’s response to it.

Hear how she has explored the historic legacy of the textile industry, particularly in West Yorkshire where she lives, discussing the relation of textiles to the environment, highlighting ideas around waste, recycling and climate change. Share in Claire’s passion for the importance of stitch in our communities today and the enduring power of fabric creations passed down through generations.

Claire Wellesley-Smith is a textile artist, writer and researcher, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Her long-term community engagement projects explore textile heritage, wellbeing and slow craft techniques. She teaches and exhibits internationally and advises on heritage, museum and craft research projects.

Claire’s new book, Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art, is published by Batsford and is available for pre order via our online shop.

Tickets: £5

This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.

The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

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