13 June 2020, A Stitch Action with Richard McVetis

£195.00 GBP

Saturday 13 June 2020, 11am-5pm, £195 (price includes materials, lunch and refreshments)

Location: The Artworker's Guild, 6 Queen Square, Holborn, London WC1N 3AT

Hosted by Richard McVetis

Richard uses a range of media including drawing, installation and textiles to explore our perception of space and time. His minimalist work is an endless exploration, not just of form but of the reclamation and potential of process and repetition within stitch. A step-by-step examination of perspective and scale which unearths the human condition. His process is labour-intensive and centres on the use of hand embroidery that reflects a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. 

In addition, the mapping of space and marking time and form are central themes, exploring the way time and place are felt, experienced and constructed. Ideas are often developed in response to, or created specifically to a moment, visualising and making this a tactile and tangible object.

The pieces created explore how objects, materials and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time, of the mundane and monotonous regularity of everyday existence. Richard is interested in how process, specifically stitch, can reveal a world seen from within and from a scale that can tell us much more about ourselves, about our own trajectories in space, our own interactions and networks of processes that act as a catalyst for transformation within our lives.

For this workshop Richard has drawn on his love of stitching, paying attention to time, labour and care to develop a day of stitching. In this workshop participants will explore a combination of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching; the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making; and the pleasure in having time to make.

Outline of the workshop:
We will focus on the following stitches: straight / running / seeding / couching / whipped and laced / back / fly / chain / blanket.

Create textures and patterns, work a stitch in different threads changing its scale and spacing, work freely, and combine stitches to mark make and draw. Practical help will be given by demonstrating the many ways in which this can be achieved using the most simple of hand embroidery techniques, no knowledge of particular and precise embroidery techniques are needed.

-To develop traditional hand embroidery skills
-To translate your own your thoughts and inspiration into stitch
-To develop an understanding of embroidery as a contemporary art medium

Workshop Cancellation Policy

All places reserved on workshops are non refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked, we will re-advertise your place and refund your fee as long as we are able to sell your place and the workshop is fully booked.

If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris,



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