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BA Textile Design students run ‘Slow Stitch’ workshop at Norfolk Makers Festival

BA Textile Design students run ‘Slow Stitch’ workshop at Norfolk Makers Festival

Students Jenny Ross-Nevin and Salima Bryce put together the workshop which was open to members of the public.

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BA (Hons) Textile Design students recently ran a public workshop on slow stitching as part of the Norfolk Maker’s Festival.

Aiming to provide a sense of wellbeing through textile practice, the workshop invited members of the public to discover the relaxing technique of slow stitching, and they were able to create their own hand-stitched piece to take away. 

Second year student Salima Bryce and third year student Jenny Ross-Nevin designed and ran the workshop. 

“This workshop builds on research from our wellbeing study unit in year 2,” said Jenny. “It encouraged us to think about textile practice as a way to make emotional connections through narrative and to view making as an act of therapeutic self care.”

Salima, who had previously run a “Self Care Stitch” workshop with her Womanist Society said “the outcome was very successful and people enjoyed the experience – they all had varied ability.”

"The students were amazing on the day. I never fail to be impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of our students and their amazing ability to engage the public in textiles"

Jill Rodgers, Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Textile Design

“What I observed from my workshop was that people who weren’t comfortable just being creative (because it can be very personal) liked to stitch these little badges I made of pictures and quotes related to mental health,” said Salima. “So I created a lot more badges for the festival and they especially helped for beginners, because the idea is not to focus on what is being created but to allow the process to calm your mind”.

Senior Lecturer Jill Rodgers said “the response was amazing – we were busy from start to finish with people of all ages and gender. We had so much positive feedback with the activity provoking interesting conversations, and people’s memories and stories around textiles and textile activity.”

“The students were amazing on the day. I never fail to be impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of our students and their amazing ability to engage the public in textiles.”

Jenny said “helping to run the workshop reminded me how much I love to share my learning with others. As students, we are often forgetful of how much we have been able to access and learn at NUA. It was a real privilege to be able to communicate some of this to all kinds of people from all sorts of backgrounds.”