Saturday 5 November 2022, Save Your Socks! with Kate Kilmurray
Meet the Maker: Saturday 13 August, 16:00 - 17:00 BST (British Summer time)
16:00 - 19:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Kate Kilmurray
Kate Kilmurray’s affinity for making is steeped in values of the handmade and an appreciation for form. Early lessons in textiles were drawn from both her mother and grandmother, later informed by her degree in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. Kate has run multiple arts and wellness businesses, each in proximity to her yoga practice and teaching over three decades. In recent years, Kate has attuned her creative sensibilities to the craft of hand-weaving: both as a creative act and practice of embodied meditation, inspired by nature. From the scattering of her weavings around the world, to the circles of women brought together through her teaching, Kate’s work is embedded with community: a source of solace and a space of belonging.
This event will consist of free access to the Meet the Maker talk with Kate Kilmurray on her slow hand-weaving practices and recycling using weaving techniques, followed by a workshop. If you are unable to attend the online talk on Saturday 13 August 2022, the talk will be recorded and made available to you after the event. Please allow 7 working days for us to send you the recording.
Outline of the workshop
Discover a slower pace of making, with fibre artist and meditation teacher Kate Kilmurray. Over the course of the workshop, Kate invites participants to join her in making a beautiful, versatile woven potholder, hand mitt or table mat - using only a handheld metal loom, cotton loops and pre-loved fibres (socks which reached the end of their wearable life).
Perfect for beginners, the workshop welcomes those eager to learn new skills, embrace their creativity, and find new ways to recycle their old socks. Participants will leave the workshop equipped with the foundational skills to experiment with their own handwoven designs: a whole world of possibilities in colour, texture and pattern. And in the process, participants will uncover the restorative benefits of hand-weaving both as a creative and mindful practice.
In addition, the workshop is a valuable introduction to ideas of material reuse and regeneration, in the home. Now more than ever, Kate’s practice of prolonging the life of textiles is a vital skill we need to re-embrace.
Level of experience required
No previous hand-weaving experience is required to participate in this workshop - beginners are encouraged.
A materials pack will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop containing:
Loom and loop. This kit is included in the cost of the workshop and is custom-made to the highest quality, allowing weavers to use their hands to quieten their minds wherever they go. Please select your loops in a colour which contrasts or complements the socks you are going to reuse
In addition, participants will need to provide:
- Two old, adult sized socks.
Please note: material packs and international shipping are included in the cost of the workshop. Material packs are shipped on an insured, trackable delivery service. Any customs duties, delays, lost or undeliverable packs are the responsibility of the customer. Once a material pack leaves the workshop tutors' hands with a tracking number, the seller has no further obligation to the buyer.
The workshop will be recorded and the recording will be shared with you after the workshop. Please allow 7 working days for us to send you the recording.
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 at least two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a credit note.
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org.