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MEND with Celia Pym

17th November 2019 - 11:00am

Price: Full Day £120 // Half Day £30



A series of Sunday happenings designed to be a coming together of like minded folk to learn, create and take inspiration from the skills, wisdom and passions of others. We’ve carefully curated a season of speakers to take us to another place - even if just for a Sunday afternoon…

Expect to learn new techniques, glean a different perspective, eat excellently and take as much away from our speakers as you’d like… 

MEND with Celia Pym

“I see darning as a small act of kindness.”

We are so delighted to present the second in our series of Sunday Symposiums - MEND with London based textile artist, Celia Pym. Celia specialises in visible repairs and has recently exhibited her work with TOAST at London Craft Week, at The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and Loewe Craft Prize (to mention a few!)

Celia will be curating a wonderful workshop, followed by a delightful Autumn feast from The Mowbray Kitchen. We’ll finish the day with talk and Q&A from Celia, giving you a wonderful opportunity to learn about Celia’s practice, collaborations and how she’s started her journey into textiles.

This is a unique opportunity to breathe new life into your favourite piece of knitwear with the help of an incredibly talented artist. 

You can choose to join us for a full or half day - see ticket information below.

MEND with Celia Pym

MEND is a workshop that explores textile repair on knitted and wool textiles, how you do it and why you do it. It considers the tenderness and care of mending. The aim of the workshop is to practice mending techniques on knit. You will learn about artists working with repair. You will learn and develop skills in woven and fake ‘knitted’ darning.

There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any sweaters and socks and wool accessories, that you own and that have holes. Please bring along any damaged wool and knitted items that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will be provided. No previous darning, knitting, needle based experience is necessary. 

Celia Pym has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of small everyday holes, at heels, elbows, in pockets as well as working on more dramatic damage, from water damage, animal nesting and moths issues. Celia’s interests are around the evidence of damage – through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing this wearing is often to do with use and how the body moves. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear out.”

Celia is an artist living and working in London most recently her work has been included in exhibitions Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid and 21_21, Tokyo. In 2018 she was commissioned to make Flying Gold Cape for Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. A new ambitious work using the a cape from the museums archive collection of Opera Garnier costumes. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Knitted and Mixed Media textiles at the Royal College of Art.


MEND :: Full day ticket

Workshop, Lunch & Talk - £120 per person

11am - 1.30pm - Workshop

1.30pm - 3pm - Lunch

3pm - 4pm - Talk & Q&A



MEND :: Half day ticket

Lunch & Talk - £30 per person

1.30pm - 3pm - Lunch

3pm - 4pm - Talk & Q&A



NOTE :: Tickets are very limited. If you'd prefer not to book through Eventbrite, please use the 'Book Direct' Form below.

What you’ll need 

It will be mending on knitwear workshop. So you’ll need to bring your favourite knitted items to repair - no jeans/jackets/shirts. 


To have a great time, develop understanding and knowledge of purpose, significance and techniques of textile repair. To think about own garments, evidence of use, history of the object, why the garment matters.


To learn different mending techniques including, woven darning, ‘knitted darning’, work on repairing your own knitted garments.


Participants own garments/items that need repairing

Wool for darning

Knitting samples to practice on

Needles, scissors, pencils, paper

Examples of darning techniques

Handouts with examples of artists repair work

Books for reference


Hope's Sweater (1951), 2011

Ros’ sweater, 2017

"I have sharp elbows but my needle is sharper", TOAST x Celia Pym, 2019 

Where Holes Happen Map: Mending Days (2017-2018)

All photography by Michele Panzeri 

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