Make & Mend Online Festival Experience
We know not everyone that would like to will be able to join us in person on the day so we have a full week of virtual activity planned for those a little too far away or who just arent able to access our event in person. Don't worry we have your crafty and wellbeing needs covered whereever you may be starting evening of Saturday 11th September we will have an exclusive programme of live zoom workshops, pre-recorded activities, patterns and makes to download and a virtual marketplace!
Just book your online ticket for £15 to give you access to all activities, enough to keep you busy all week! If you are coming on the day don't worry you wont miss out as your ticket includes full access to the online programme.
Activity will be a mix of craft and wellbeing makes and talks, we hope there will be something for everyone! Check out a few sneak peaks at the programme below, more to be added soon!
With Yoga House Yarm
Run by the very wonderful Kerrie Murray Dru Yoga is a beautiful, flowing form of yoga for all abilities and ages. It helps to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. It also revives tired muscles, reduces back pain and combats stress. Yoga gives your body a much-needed rest from all the ‘doing.’ In particular, it gives your mind a chance to stop, relax and find a quiet, still point in your busy world.
Yoga involves so much more than physical poses, practiced on a yoga mat. Yoga is a way of living the very best life you can. It is learning to accept your body, who you are and the situation you are in. But most importantly, it is learning to be kind to - and love - yourself.
Caring for your wellbeing has to come from within. You need to let go of expectations and embrace the present moment. Yoga gives you the tools to do this!
Join Kerrie for live yoga workshops and meditation sessions!
The Art of Paper & Stitch
With Jennifer Collier
Monday 13 September - 7-9pm
Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms.
Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.
Most recently Jennifer has been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper, as these techniques are an important part of our creative heritage and she wants to continue to invest time in them to keep them in the present, offering them onto future generations. Jennifer is giving new life to things that would otherwise go unused, unloved or be thrown away…
Join Jennifer to hear all about the art of paper & stitch follwed by a paper flower make along!
Kintsugi: Mends of Gold
Kintsugi Oxford & ‘Kintsugi: The Poetic Mend’
Thursday 16 September - 7-9pm
Kintsugi is a magical Japanese repair technique that saves our precious and irreplaceable ceramic objects. Rather than making the repair ‘as good as new’, kintsugi tells the story of the pot by highlighting the repaired seams in gold. Loss and recovery, overcoming adversity – these are the lessons we learn from kintsugi.
At Kintsugi Oxford (www.kintsugioxford.com) professional restorer Iku Nishikawa undertakes repairs, offers lessons and workshops (online and in person), and supplies the materials needed for kintsugi repairs.
Bonnie Kemske (www.bonniekemske.com) is the author of Kintsugi: The Poetic Mend, recently published by Bloomsbury Press, in which, through written text, stories, and beautiful photos, she presents kintsugi’s historical and contemporary use and explores its powerful metaphor.
Iku and Bonnie are looking forward to their joint presentation where together they will give the audience an understanding of kintsugi’s technique and tell its fascinating story, as well as answer questions.
Bonnie Kemske – ‘Kintsugi traces memories, bringing together the moment of destruction of the broken pot and the gold seams of repair through finely-honed skills in the creation of a new pot from the old, one that may be stronger and even more beautiful than the original.’
Iku Nishikawa – ‘Whether you are a Grayson Perry follower on Instagram or you just want to fix your broken Diana Royal wedding mug, Kintsugi class is fun for everyone, whatever your skill.’