Sensory Stitch workshop with Augusta Phillipou

  • 26 May 2022
  • 2:-00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • International House

Sensory Stitch workshop with Augusta Phillipou

During the workshop I will run through some basic stitches using a range of tactile materials, to explore the sensory potential of stitch.  The session intends to encourage the use of embroidery practice to connect the participant to the senses, specifically sight and touch.   The workshop is aimed at any ability and explores the potential benefit of sensory stitch processes on well-being. 

Processes covered in the session include running stitch, backstitch, seed stitch, whip stitch and couching using a range of textiles materials and non-conventional textile materials.  Sewing is being recognised as a way to improve depression, with a focus on stitches becoming a way to calm the mind and reduce stress; this session will explore the way that stitch allows a steady focus and is becoming an effective way to manage anxiety, depression, steady heart rate and reduce social isolation (as noted by textile researcher Clare Hunter). 

My personal research (I am in the first year of my Ph.D.) explores the benefits of textiles processes in people living with Dementia, aiming to use workshops and textiles processes to target modifiable risk factors such as depression and social isolation.  I aim to explore cognition and well-being, as well exploring the way that engagement with textiles process and materials can encourage narrative and reminiscence through emotional engagement to textiles. 

Note: You do not need to be an expert to take part - the workshop is aimed at any ability.

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Kieran Teasdale
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