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Friday, 28 September 2018 15:29

"Mending" with Celia Pym

Hope’s Sweater, 1951, moth eaten sweater and wool repair, 2011 Hope’s Sweater, 1951, moth eaten sweater and wool repair, 2011

Saturday October 13, 2-5pm
NMNM - Villa Paloma
Upon reservation

Mending is a workshop that explores textile repair, 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. You will learn about and develop skills in woven and ‘knitted’ darning, Boro and patching. There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any garments that you own and that have holes. 

Please bring along any damaged items that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will be provided. However for the patching if you have old sheets or shirts that have grown thin, are no longer worn or used and you would be happy to cut up please bring them! No previous darning, knitting, needle based experience is necessary. 

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 moths 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 “likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear out.”

By inviting Celia Pym to lead the Mending workshop, the NMNM launches a series of talks, screenings and workshops entitled Care & Repair, questioning the concepts of restoration, reconstruction and repair, while initiating an ambitious reflection on the present and especially the future of the museum’s collections. Textile conservator Noémie Margotteau, a close collaborator of the NMNM team, will participate in the Mending workshop and share her own restoration techniques.

Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London most recently her work has been included in exhibitions at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Center and Pump House Gallery, London. She was shortlisted for the inaugural Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid, Chamber Gallery, NY and 21_21 Gallery, Tokyo and Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum in 2017. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the Royal College of Art.

Noémie Margotteau, a textile heritage conservator, has been working for 8 years as an independent in various public and private institutions. The missions of restoration, preventive conservation and textile works’ management allow her to work on various types of objects, from flat tapestries to three-dimensional costumes and accessories or even textile furniture, mixing various materials.

Participation is free, upon reservation : public[at]nmnm[dot]mc
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