Resilient Stitch Claire Wellesley-Smith

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Resilient Stitch Claire Wellesley-Smith

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Resilient Stitch Claire Wellesley-Smith

Following on from her textile hit Slow Stitch, author Claire Wellesley-Smith considers the importance of connection and ideas around wellbeing when using textiles for individuals and communities.

Resilient Stitch covers practical ideas around “thinking-through-making,” using resonant materials, and extending the life of pieces using traditional and nontraditional methods. Contemporary textile artists using these themes in their work are featured alongside personal work from Claire and examples from community-based textile projects.

The book features some of the very best textile artists around, esteemed American fiber artists and the doyenne of textiles, Alice Kettle.

Resilient fabrics that can be manipulated, stressed, withstand tension and be made anew are recommended throughout the book, as well as techniques such as layering, patching, reinforcing, re-stitching and mending, plus ideas for the inclusion of everyday materials in your work. There’s an exploration of ways to link your emotional health with your textile practice, and ‘Community’ suggests ways to make connections with others in your regular textile work. ‘Landscape’ has a range of suggestions and examples of immersing your work in the local landscape, a terrific way to find meaning in your work and a sense of place. Finally, there is a moving account of one textile community’s creative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

The connection between wellbeing and the creation of textiles has never been stronger, and, as a leading exponent of this campaign, Claire is the perfect author to help you find more than just a finished textile at the end of a project.

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Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, writer and researcher based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She studied politics as an undergraduate at Newcastle University and has a Masters degree in Visual Arts from Bradford School of Art. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Open University researching slow craft practices and engagement with personal and community heritage.

Her long-term community engagement projects explore textile heritage, wellbeing and slow craft techniques. She teaches extensively, working in adult education, schools, community-based projects, museums and galleries. Her workshops involve sustainable stitch, repurposed cloth, and traditional techniques.

Socially engaged arts projects are a key part of Claire’s practice. Her projects are often community-based and explore the ways that place, heritage and memory can connect people to their surrounding environment.

Her book Slow Stitch; Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art was published in 2015 by Batsford, London. and Resilient Stitch wellbeing and connection in Textile Art was published in 2021

You can find out more about Claire and her projects on her website

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