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Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art – Claire Wellesley-Smith


Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art – Claire Wellesley-Smith


The pleasures to be had from slowing down can be many, with connections to sustainability, simplicity, reflection, and tuning into traditional and other multicultural textile traditions.

‘Slow Stitch is a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more approach, valuing quality over quantity, and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice.  Claire Wellesley-Smith introduces a range of ways in which you can slow your textile work down, including:

Using simple techniques inspired by traditional practice (including hand-stitch rhythms)
Reusing and re-inventing materials (reuse even old textile projects)
Limiting your equipment
Mending revisited (practical and decorative techniques)
Project ideas and resources that help towards making a more sustainable textile practice
Richly illustrated throughout, and showcasing work from the best textile artists who work in this way, this is a truly inspirational book for those looking to reconnect with their craft and to find a new way of working.’

128 pages
130 colour illustrations

1 in stock

SKU: SLSTbook Categories: , , , , , ,

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Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, educator and writer based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She studied politics as an undergraduate 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 activities and engagement with personal and community heritage. She specialises in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. Dyes and stitches on reclaimed cloth are used in slow processes that allow time for consideration of methods of production and narratives of use. Claire uses archival research as the starting point for her work, looking at locations and community stories. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place.

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 was published in 2015.

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