Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Thank You

Thank you for stopping by 
to say hello at the knit & Stitch
I met so many inspiring people.
Weavers, stitchers, mums, daughters,
grandmothers, students and artists.
An amazing creative community sharing
and caring.
Workshops for 2018 will be posted
on my website blog.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Deborah Milner S/S18

HaPpY TO have contributed 
to Deborah Milner's 'Regenerating the Reef' Collection
using Indigo dye. 
Former Alexander McQueen couturier -Deborah Milner, launched a collection of Couture pieces with a presentation inspired by the death and regeneration of the Coral Reef in partnership with SHOWstudio.
#ART #DeborahMilner #LondonFashionWeek #SS18 #LFW #womenswear#clothing #ReadyToWear #couture #accessories #details #accents #sillohette#costume #designers #stylists #instagram #theatre Modus #SHOW#ModusBPCM
#deborahmilner #londonfashionweek #daphneguiness

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Fabrications - Selvedge Magazine - Indigo workshop

For the first time, the Selvedge Fair travels to Pendle in Lancashire, an area that is shaped by textiles. The fair is part of Fabrications, the UK's first festival that celebrates and explores textiles and the textile industry.
The Selvedge Fair in Pendle will bring together a curated collection of makers and merchants and is an opportunity to meet makers, catch up with friends and find that special something. Visitors can also take part in one of the complimentary workshops, details below.
Memory and meaning Indigo workshop with Kate Whitehead


A celebration of textiles through the eyes of artists in Pennine Lancashire September 2017

Pennine Lancashire is shaped by textiles, they are woven through  our social and urban fabric. By the end of the 19th century the area was producing 85% of the world’s cotton goods. 
Drawing on this rich heritage, Fabrications is the UK’s first festival that celebrates and explores textiles and the textile industry through the eyes of artists. Taking place in galleries, museums and former textile mills across Blackburn, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle throughout September, the festival presents something for everyone – with exhibitions, residencies, major art installations and performances, workshops and a craft fair hosted by Selvedge magazine.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Autumn 17


.Hidden Altrincham 14th - 24th September
@hiddenaltrincham @idahoaltrincham

.Selvedge - Memory & Meaning workshop
Saturday 23rd September 11-5

.MA Textile Practice @mcrschart

.Knit & Stitch Show - Alexandra Place, London
Stand RCK5

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Slowing Down

They say millennials are the most ethically responsible generation that ever existed. From slow food to slow fashion, there's no doubt that there's a growing culture of consuming responsibly in today’s world – and textiles are playing a key role in building this momentum. Seasoned cloth lovers of any generation will already know the benefits of designing, making and buying garments for quality and longevity, but what is it exactly that’s attracting more and more people to this textile-led life? The simple answer is artistry.
How we got to such an astute appreciation for the artistry of cloth is another article in itself –for now, we’re focussing on the makers essential to fuelling this eco-friendly movement, and one such artist in particular: UK based textiles designer and weaving and embroidery specialist, Kate Whitehead. ‘My work is a protest,’ says Kate, ‘against the way textiles are consumed in western society.’ In her work, she revels in fabrics that are in a sense humble, and quiet. Kate uses only natural materials such as cotton and calico, and specialises in dyeing with indigo. Pushing against the sheen of mass-produced, fast fashion clothing, her work shines some much needed light on older, forgotten fabrics; those bits and pieces with stories hidden in between the folds, with faded dyes and tears and frays.
‘I want to go back to slower processes,’ she explains, ‘embrace tradition, salvage the discarded, and fix the broken.’ Kate’s perspective on cloth is completely in line with the slow fashion movement, which encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints and minimum waste. Author of ‘In Praise of Slowness’ Carl HonorĂ© claims that this slow approach intervenes as a revolutionary act in today’s world, because it encourages taking time to give quality and value to the product, and contemplating the connection with the environment. 
Every day we connect to the environment through cloth, and it’s makers like Kate who are surfacing it more and more. Whether it comes from the millennials, Gen X or Gen Y, the growing interest in sustainability is not only fuelled by consumer demands, but by artisans meeting them.
You can take part in a memory and meaning workshop with Kate Whitehead at the Selvedge Fair in Pendle this September 23rd. For more information and to book your place, click here.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017



The team behind the cult magazine Selvedge bring a curated collection of merchants and makers to Pendle. The fair offers an opportunity to meet makers, catch up with friends and find that special something. Take part in one of the complimentary workshops, details below. It is part of  Fabrications, a festival celebrating textiles in contemporary art. It will feature large-scale installations, exhibitions, residencies and a symposium.
Memory and meaning with Kate Whitehead
Spoon sculpting with Priscilla Jones
The fair will take place in the seventeenth century Park Hill Barn at the Pendle Heritage Centre. Set within the Pendle Forest the centre is part of  an ancient textile settlement dating back to the thirteenth century. The vernacular buildings of Pendle Forest have been conserved by the heritage centre and form one of the Heritage Trust for the North West's flagship projects.
See The Centre’s museum, telling the story of the former residents. Relax with a cup of tea or delicious lunch at the centre’s tea room. Enjoy a trip to nearby Gawthorpe Hall to see the Shuttleworth Collection (featured in Selvedge 59). Wander through the 18th century walled garden or follow in the footsteps of the Lancashire Witches on their four mile walk to Lancaster castle. 
Pendle Heritage Centre is situated a mile from Junction 12 of the M65; follow the brown signs. Parking is available on Colne Road, opposite the main entrance. 
Please note we will not be sending physical tickets. To gain entry to the event, please bring along the printed order confirmation or present it on a smart phone. 

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