THE CORNWALL WORKSHOPS
The Cornwall group has embarked on a series of workshops that have aimed to introduce our participants to the full spectrum of textile based processes involved in producing clothing. Of course this has been pared back to a micro ‘hands-on’ scale as we don’t have the industrial facilities to utilise but we have certainly managed to achieve a wonderful ‘artisanal’ journey of creative skills sharing. Each of the four workshop series has unfolded to demonstrate key elements of production – be it yarn, colour, cloth or stitch and it is proving to have a profound impact on the way our participants THINK, FEEL and ACT in relation to consuming clothing. Find out more about their own personal experiences on our blog page.
♦ SERIES 1. FLUFF-2-FIBRE
The first workshop series maps how one type of fibre, namely wool, makes the transition from raw state fleece to woven cloth. Beginning with a tour of a local wool processing mill the participants went on to learn about hand and wheel spinning, colouring yarns with natural dyes and then an introduction to weaving. The series saw three expert consultant practitioners lead the group through a fascinating journey of raw fibre to finished cloth.
♦ Sue Blacker
♦ Audrey Durrant
♦ Irene Griffin
Find out more at ♦ Fluff-2-Fibre.
♦ SERIES 2. TOWARDS ZERO WASTE
The second workshop series explores all manner of construction and deconstruction through the fine art of knitting and crochet.
♦ Anjia Barbieri
♦ Caroline Baun
See how this is achieved at ♦ Towards Zero Waste.
♦ SERIES 3. MAKE-DO-AND-MEND
The third workshop series focuses on embellishing, repairing and re-working old garments through appliqué and stitch.
♦ Becky Cottrell-Jury
♦ Phoenix Bird
♦ Sarah Stone
Learn about this at ♦ Make-Do-And-Mend.
♦ SERIES 4. SECOND-HAND & ETHICAL
The fourth workshop series engages with ethical clothing choices and how to maximise the use of used clothing through up-cycling.
♦ Sue Bamford
♦ Nicola Phillips
Follow this at ♦ Second-Hand & Ethical.