13 June – 3 September 2018
Stitch-School is founded by Senior Lecturer Melanie Bowles and stitch technician Aimee Betts both who work on the BA (Hons) Textile design course at Chelsea College of Arts. They aim to provide inspirational guidance to reconnect to the benefits of hand embroidery through workshops, educational kits and community events around their large communal embroidery table called The Supper Cloth.
The A-Z Supper Cloth is a public collaboration which took place at The Barbican Centre in March 2018 as part of Make!A Season for Contemporary Crafts, a ten-day embroidery installation where passers-by were invited to drop in and collaborate in stitching this one of a kind piece of fabric.
Stitch-School facilitate embroidery events based around their large 2.5 meter embroidery table. These public events are called The Supper Cloth providing a space for people to sit down, slow down and feed their creativity through stitching and co-creating a communal Supper Cloth in special environments. Participants explore the wealth of embroidery stitches, learn together to create a communal cloth. Discovering the benefits of de-stressing as way of engaging in making as an antidote to modern life and fast living creating a sense of well being and relaxation.
The A-Z Supper Cloth was designed specifically for the Barbican Make! season of contemporary crafts during March. The cloth is a digital printed word search on linen. Each letter is an individual stitch, A-Arrow stitch B – Back Stitch C – Chain Stitch etc. There are hidden stitch words in the cloth, see if you can spot them! The cloth was resident at the Barbican for 10 days, where over 300 people sat and stitched and contributed to over 300 hours of stitching. Participants ranged from ages 3 – 80 years old and were from all over the world to create this communal beautiful master piece
For more information visit www.stitch-school.com
Additional embroidered artworks are by Melanie Bowles
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About the project The Chelsea Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Arts. These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines. The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.