Shedding the Shackles: Women’s Empowerment Through Craft

Thursday 5 August | 6 – 7:30pm | £5 | ONLINE EVENT

On Thursday 5 August join textile artist Lynne Stein, as she shares her practice and discusses her new book, Shedding the Shackles: Women’s Empowerment through Craft. (publ. Bloomsbury/Herbert Press).

Shedding the Shackles offers a fascinating glimpse into women’s craft enterprises and the positive impact their individual projects have on providing a sustainable lifestyle. Throughout the book, Lynne looks at female craft practices which particularly address issues of female empowerment; and she tells the stories of twelve women’s craft initiatives, with an emphasis upon age-old matriarchal traditions and techniques, indigenous materials, and the positive impact their projects have on the route to breaking the poverty cycle, and addressing gender inequality.

Lynne will begin the evening with a brief introduction and a look inside her studio, exploring her tools, techniques and  a few examples of her work, and she will read a few relevant passages from the book, to set the scene. Next, Lynne will share some fascinating extracts from her book, in a slideshow presentation, discussing also the context of her own practice and her motivations as a writer. Finally, time permitting, Lynne will also present a selection of some of the objects featured, revealing a little more of their stories, with an opportunity to ask questions, to discover more about Lynne, her work and her experiences of celebrating the artisanal excellence of women in craft, in Shedding the Shackles.

Lynne Stein is an experienced textile artist who has been exhibited widely, and has been commissioned for a variety of public, corporate and domestic spaces. She has taught extensively in community, educational and healthcare settings, runs private workshops, and has been the recipient of support from Arts Council England. Lynne ran a successful community project with AgeUK, in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. She has also run an annual interfaith community textile project in Jerusalem.

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 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.  

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course. 

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