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teaching

McVetis is passionate about sharing and encouraging others to make and create. In this digital world it's even more important that we connect with our hands but also with other people through art. This year McVetis will be running a series of classes in collaboration with some of the following venues: 



Ray-Stitch - London

Embroidery is an international language made up from hundreds of stitches. A few of these stitches happen to be the favourite of artist Richard McVetis.

In this two-part workshop participants will explore the enormous scope of stitches and their versatility. Create fascinating textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. This is an experimental approach to stitch and draws on the imagination of each participant.

The artist will be on hand to guide and inspire you through the workshop drawing on his experience as an artist and maker. This is also a chance to unwind, slow down and experience the calming benefits of this craft process.

More info here



Les Soeurs Anglaises - France

This unique workshop will bring together Richard McVetis and Celia Pym for the first time. Both Celia and Richard are superlative artists and workshop leaders and for this workshop they will be drawing on their shared love of stitching, paying special attention to time, labour, care and repair to develop a week of stitching and mending.

The aim of the workshop is to explore a combination of hand embroidery techniques with an emphasis on textile repair and mending, how it was worked traditionally and, equally important, why. Instead of throwing away a torn or damaged piece of clothing participants will be shown how a flaw offers instead the perfect opportunity to enhance its beauty. Repairing textiles has become much more than a necessity; it adds surface design, pattern, texture and embellishment as illustrated in Japanese Boro. There will be careful and tender attention to the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark making, emphasizing the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching and the sheer pleasure of having time to make and mend.

The sessions will be shared between the two artists, sections led individually but at times together. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own garments and objects for repair, but relevant materials will also be provided on which to practice specialized embroidery, patching and repairs.

More info here



Textile Centre - Scotland

In this two day workshop participants will explore the enormous scope of stitches and their versatility. Create fascinating textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. This is an experimental approach to stitch and draws on the imagination of each participant.

More info here




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